Author(s): Koff Clea
At twenty-three, Clea Koff started making bones talk and set about giving dignity to the dead when she joined Physicians for Human Rights as a forensic anthropologist. Working initially in Rwanda, after the genocide that tore the country apart in 1994, she exhumed mass graves seeking evidence that would help bring the guilty to justice and allow relatives to lay the dead to rest.
The Bone Woman is her unflinching account of what she saw and how it affected her. It is an unforgettable read, alternately riveting, frightening and miraculously hopeful.
Clea Koff was born in London in 1972 and grew up in England, East Africa, and both coasts of the United States. She studied Anthropology at Stanford University and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Arizona before joining the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal's first forensic exhumation team in Rwanda. She went on to work as a forensic expert for the UN Tribunal in Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo, and her insights have culminated in The Bone Woman. She now divides her time between Los Angeles and Melbourne.