One day not long ago, just as the sun was setting on the city of Doboj, Serb Republic, Jovic Mirko stepped on a Yugoslav-made PMA-2 antipersonnel mine and lost a foot. Some call him "lucky," it was only a foot, and he will sometimes agree. His misery would have been so much greater if the victim had been one of his two children. The potential for greater misery is ever present in the Mirko household. For one thing, the mine field is somewhere in their garden, right behind the house that the family moved into two years ago. On that fateful evening, Mirko, whose job pays next to nothing and who was preparing the garden for planting vegetables, had decided to cut down some bushes to make room for a bigger crop. The mine was waiting for him.
"Notes from the Field: Bosnia,"
Journal of Mine Action
: Vol. 4
, Article 20.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol4/iss1/20