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A Memorial in Exile

By Forensic Architecture, 28 June 2012
Image: Arcellor-Mittal-Tower and Omarska mine/concentration camp

Press Release June 27 2012
Orbits of Responsibility for a War Crime from a
Bosnian mine to London’s Olympic Park

On July 2 2012 London’s Olympic tower — the ArcelorMittal Orbit — will be
reclaimed as A Memorial in Exile by survivors of the Bosnian concentration
camp at Omarska, now a fully-functional mine operated by ArcelorMittal. Iron
ore and profits extracted from Omarksa have been used to manufacture
London’s newest landmark.

Details of Press Conference: Monday 2 July 2012 from 2-3pm
Location 64 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 1NG (East London Centre)
Walking commentary and view of the ArcelorMittal Orbit at Warton & Loop
Roads (Olympic Park perimeter) from 3-4pm
See map next page...

From 25 May 1992 till 22 August 1992 the Omarska mine in Prijedor, Bosnia was used as
a concentration camp by Bosnian Serb forces. At least 3,334 Bosniaks and Croats from
Prijedor were imprisoned in the Omarska camp, 700-800 were killed. Still missing in the
Prijedor region: 2, 916 men, 262 women and 11 children.

In 2004, ArcelorMittal assumed 51% of the ownership of the Ljubija mining complex that
included Omarska and resumed commercial mining operations.

In 2005, ArcelorMittal made a commitment to finance and build a memorial on the
grounds of Omarska.

Seven years on and twenty years after the war crimes committed there, still no space of
public commemoration exists.

Grounds, buildings, and equipment that were once used for the perpetration of these
crimes now serve a commercial enterprise run by the world’s largest steel producer.
On 14 April 2012, Mladen Jelača, Director of ArcelorMittal Prijedor confirmed to Professor
Eyal Weizman, of Goldsmiths, University of London and artist Milica Tomic of the
Monument Group, Belgrade, that iron ore mined at Omarska mine has been used in the
fabrication of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

In the absence of this promised memorial and until such time that it is built, London’s
Olympic tower — the ArcelorMittal Orbit — will be reclaimed as the Omarska Memorial in

Survivors from the Omarska / Prijedor camps: Satko Mujagic, Rezak Hukanovic, Kemal
Pervanic, Sudbin Music, Fikret Alic, Mirsad Duratovic
Srdjan Hercigonja, Milica Tomic, Antonia Majaca, (Four Faces of Omarska Belgrade),
Adisa Pamukcic, Susan Schuppli, Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths, University of London) and
Ed Vulliamy (journalist)

Please join our press conference and help to bring awareness to this issue. With
the Olympics fast approaching ArcelorMittal has a significant window of
opportunity to make things right!

How to find us on Monday 2 July 2012
64 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 1NG (East London Centre)
For further information please contact A Memorial in Exile through our website to receive
more information or write to us at the following email: