Bosnia and Herzegovina may never be clear of landmines

Balkans , Bosnia and Herzegovina , Journalism Oct 15, 2017 No Comments

Sead Vrana remembers the first land mine he cleared as though it were yesterday.

It was 1993, less than a month before his 18th birthday, and Mr Vrana was a soldier in the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A mine had been discovered between two houses in the suburbs of Sarajevo. To remove it, he would have to expose himself to enemy fire. He volunteered anyway.

“I had some kind of stage fright when I was preparing for the task,” Mr Vrana said.

“But once I started to crawl towards the mine I became totally calm and focused. Even now, I can remember every single action I took at the time.”

“After I finished, aftershock kicked in and I was shaking for nearly two hours,” he said.

Read the full article at ABC News.

Matthew Clayfield

Matthew Clayfield is a journalist, critic and screenwriter.

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