A Smart Bet In The Balkans?

The central Bosnian town of Novi Travnik, where early battles between Muslims and Croats raged, looks like war-torn Beirut. A trench forms a "green line" that splits the once united town into two enclaves with separate mayors and bureaucracies. But that didn't stop the American Refugee Committee (ARC) from enlisting the bitter enemies to rebuild and use apartments, a department store, and a kindergarten. "People here were killing each other a year ago," notes Joseph P. Sullivan, an ARC co-founder and chairman of Chicago fertilizer giant Vigoro Corp. "This shows that psychological and physical wounds can be repaired."

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