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Serbia/Kosovo Psychiatric Ward Photo Essay: George Georgiou


Between 1999 and 2002, photojournalist George Georgiou, traveled to Serbia to document their psychiatric hospitals. Courtesy of Cvlt Nation, these are some of the most harrowing images I’ve recently come across.

According to Georgiou’s website:

Between 1999 and 2002, I visited three psychiatric institutions while living and working in Kosova and Serbia on a long term project, Between The Lines, on the aftermath of the NATO conflict with Serbia. The work from the institutions, a story on it’s own, is also an integral part of this bigger narrative of conflict, division, difference and exclusion.

Having spent four years teaching a photography class to people with psychiatric disorders in London prior to this, psychiatric institutions and patients were not alien to me and I was aware of the fluctuating behavioural patterns. What I found in Kosova and Serbia was a far cry form contemporary practice in London.

When I first visited the institutions they were hidden from the gaze of the general public and came as a shock to Serbs when they were exposed.

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Rumors Spread of Kosovo Organ Harvesters

Photo: US DOD (PD)


Another dark chapter in the Kosovo conflict has come to light. A former Kosovo fighter has come forward with a gruesome claim: He and his comrades in arms harvested organs from captured Serbs for sale on the black market. Rumors concerning organ stealing have circulated for years in the international community, and the testimony of the anonymous witness could bring more such cases to light:

Earlier on Sunday the Serbian prosecutor said the witness claimed he received special medical training in how to harvest organs and gave a detailed description of the operation, adding that the heart was sold on the black market.

Vukcevic would not give any more details about the identity of the witness, other than to say he was a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) currently under strict protection measures.

Claims of organ harvesting by the KLA during and after the 1998-99 conflict are being investigated by the European Union.

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Kosovo PM Heads Organ & Drug Ring According To Council Of Europe

Photo: Kosovo Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci

No, it’s not the plot to the next Hostel film.  Hashim Thaçi has been identified as the head of an Albanian crime network that sells drugs, weapons, and organs. The Guardian reports:

Kosovo’s prime minister is the head of a “mafia-like” Albanian group responsible for smuggling weapons, drugs and human organs through eastern Europe, according to a Council of Europe inquiry report on organised crime.

Hashim Thaçi is identified as the boss of a network that began operating criminal rackets in the runup to the 1998-99 Kosovo war, and has held powerful sway over the country’s government since.

The report of the two-year inquiry, which cites FBI and other intelligence sources, has been obtained by the Guardian. It names Thaçi as having over the last decade exerted “violent control” over the heroin trade. Figures from Thaçi’s inner circle are also accused of taking captives across the border into Albania after the war, where a number of Serbs are said to have been murdered for their kidneys, which were sold on the black market.

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