Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Key to My Neighbor's House: Seeking Justice in Bosnia and Rawanda

After having spent time in Sarajevo, Bosnia, I came home wanting to know more about the history and culture of that region. I remember challenging myself to read 1 book about Bosnia a year. While it has now been about 3 years since I have been in Bosnia, I finally got around to picking up a book about Bosnia. Better late than never I guess. There are many books out there about Bosnia and the war and I randomly chose one based on the title. It proved a lot more powerful than I thought it would be.

The book "The Key's to My Neighbor's House: Seeking Justice in Bosnia and Rawanda" broaches the topic of what does it realistically look like to seek justice in the aftermath of human suffering and wrongs. As a Christian it left me wondering if justice really is something attainable this side of heaven or something that an earthly court can bring about. The author, Elizabeth Neuffer, did not shy away from the complexities of war's aftermath particularly in today's global society and gave me a much better understanding of the UN and evolution of war tribunals.

It's a very real and stark look at how war and war tribunals opperate in todays world. It's a challenging read and definatly not one for the faint of heart...but I would highly recommend it as it's left me with many more questions than answers (something which I appreciate).

Because of that, I'm highly looking forward to reading Gary Haugen's new book next entitled "Just Courage". I'm hoping he can bring a bit of the Christian perspective back in the fight for justice.

1 comment:

  1. i read a few books by miroslav volf, Exclusion and Embrace, and the end of memory....both are about justice and forgiveness revolving bosnian/crotia war...