Ratko Mladic

Ratko Maldic, the Bosnian Serb Army General was captured alive and is in custody today. Next month, he will face war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court. The capture of Mladic closes a brutal chapter in the wars that tore apart the former Yugoslavia in the 90's. But it also re-opens old wounds. We talk to two people whose lives were changed by Mladic and his henchmen.

Today's guest host was Tom Harrington.

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Ratko Mladic - Hasan Nuhanovic

We started this segment with a clip of Hasha Selmovic from a 2003 documentary on The Current. And the "Mladic" you heard her refer to .... the one she described taking her husband and youngest son away from her was Ratko Mladic. The former Bosnian Serb military chief who stands accused of orchestrating the massacre of 7,500 Bosnian Muslims - or Bosniaks - at Srebrenica in 1995. It was the most infamous episode of ethnic cleansing during the civil wars that wracked the former Yugoslavia in the 90s and it literally tore Hasha Selmovic's family apart. By the end, she'd lost her husband and three sons to the violence.

Now, Hasha Selmovic might finally get some justice. After 16 years on the run, Ratko Mladic was arrested yesterday. And if he's ultimately found guilty of genocide and other war crimes charges, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

The UN, NATO and world leaders joined the families of Srebrenica victims in hailing the arrest. Hasan Nuhanovic is one of those family members who witnessed the bloodshed firsthand. He is a Bosniak who was working for Dutch peacekeepers in Srebrenica when the massacre happened. He took John Chipman, a former producer for The Current, on a tour through the killing fields of Srebrenica in 2003.

Hasan Nuhanovic is also the author of Under the U.N. Flag: The International Community and the Srebrenica Genocide and we reached him in Sarajevo.

Ratko Mladic - Nidzara Ahmetasevic

Nidzara Ahmetasevic was a teenager living in Sarajevo when the Bosnian-Serb army - under the command of Ratko Mladic - laid siege to the city. She's now a journalist with a weekly news magazine in Sarajevo and is working on her PHD about the war. She's in Graz, Austria.

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