10/26/2018 - 6:30pm
Shaun Koos shares his riveting account Eyewitness: My Journey to the Hague-- a personal account of the Serbian-Bosnian conflict as experienced by Gaši and told by debut author Koos. Before April of 1992, Isak Gasi was a world-class athlete and community leader, living a quiet life with his wife and infant daughter. He never dreamed that within just a few short years, he would come face to face with Serbian President Slobodan MiloSevic and others indicted for war crimes, as a lead prosecution witness at the International Criminal Trials for the Former Yugoslavia. Gaši’s hometown was Brcko, next to the Sava River, which was the border between Bosnia and Croatia. It was also the site of a warehouse converted into the dreaded Luka prison, a torture chamber in which Gaši was imprisoned and put on the Black List, scheduled for execution. Eyewitness is an accessible history that joins the personal story of a man who was close to the action with the war's broader historical and political contexts. In a world still challenged by ethnic violence and refugee response, this story of justice, forgiveness, and truth will resonate with readers for many years to come. Isak Gasi is a former world-class canoeist who represented Yugoslavia internationally for more than a decade. His Bosnian War experiences propelled him into a prominent and ongoing role as a witness for the prosecution at The Hague tribunal. He has lived in the United States for the past sixteen years. A devoted husband and father, he still canoes regularly, finding deep satisfaction in the interplay between a boat, a paddle, and the Columbia River's eternal flow. Shaun Koos is a former member of the US canoe and kayak team, and the former Secretary of USA Canoe/Kayak. It was through canoeing that he met Isak Gasi. His primary interests as a writer are in historical biography and in exploring the motivations, mindsets, and actions of individuals who confront and surmount great challenges.