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Abstract

During the Bosnian war in the early 1990s, Croat, Muslim and Serb forces deployed between 600,000 and 1 million anti-personnel landmines. This can seem a meaningless figure until you see the effects of both exploded and unexploded landmines. Driving into town from the Sarajevo airport, I witnessed the striking contrast between the beauty of the hills surrounding the city and the pockmarked buildings damaged by relentless shelling during the Bosnian war. The old town has been largely restored to its historical charm, while the rest of the city and outlying areas continue to exhibit the awful blemishes of war. I had come to Bosnia to meet with representatives from the local mine action centers, to discuss the progress of the Adopt-A-Minefield™ program in Bosnia, and to visit several mined areas.

 

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