A Refugee Returns Home To Despair

It isn't the kind of homecoming that Redzep Tahirovic expects. A U.N. aid vehicle drives through the bombed-out north Bosnian village of Kozarusa. It turns up a steep mountain cart track and five minutes later pulls to a stop outside a whitewashed stone cottage high on the hillside. For a moment, Redzep takes in the familiar scene: A battered scarecrow looks down from above the front door as protection against the evil eye; antique farming implements hang over the veranda; chickens and goats snuffle among the vines that mask the moonscape below.

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