A Memorial in Exile in London’s Olympics: Orbits of Responsibility

Open Democracy, UK, July 2 2012.

In 2005 ArcelorMittal made a commitment to finance and build a memorial on the grounds of Omarska, the site of the most notorious concentration camp of the Bosnian war. Twenty years after the war crimes committed there, still no space of public commemoration exists. Grounds, buildings, and equipment once used for extermination now serve a commercial enterprise run by the world’s largest steel producer. In the absence of this promised memorial, London’s Olympic landmark – the ArcelorMittal Orbit ­- must be reclaimed as The Omarska Memorial in Exile.

 

The ArcelorMittal Orbit was built using quantities of iron ore that the Director of the ArcelorMittal Prijedor in  Bosnia claims to have come from the Omarksa mine which was used as a concentration camp during the Balkan Wars. Today mass graves are still being unearthed in the vicinity of the mine.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit was built using quantities of iron ore that the Director of the ArcelorMittal Prijedor in Bosnia claims to have come from the Omarksa mine which was used as a concentration camp during the Balkan Wars. Today mass graves are still being unearthed in the vicinity of the mine.

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