Years On, Centimeters Deep: Bosnia's Landmine Legacy
Nearly two decades have passed since the Bosnian war found its end and claim to 100,000 victims. Yet that number hasn't yet reached its end. The war continues to maim and kill. Not from rooftops or across mountain valleys, but from shallow distances beneath the ground.
A 120,000 antipersonnel landmines were laid across 9,000 minefields in the former Yugoslavia, from 1992 to 1995. Today, approximately 2.4 percent of the former republic is covered with both unexploded mines and similar devices.
Co-funded by the Dutch government, the Norwegian People's Aid Project represents a major and continued effort to locate and remove landmines throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. A major focus to date has been the mountainous Srebrenica area in the northeastern part of the country, where many landowners have yet to return to farms and orchards that were once their livelihoods.
Of compounding concern is land flooded and hillsides slumped by heavy Spring rains in 2014, all of which sums to an exacerbated potential for post-wartime tragedy.
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