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Living with the Wreckage of War - 21 Mar 2013
Sixty-five-year-old Croatian Serb Sava Knezevic wanders through the remains of his house, which was reduced to ruins during the Croatian war of the 1990s.

For 17 years he has been living in the barn next door, eking out a living selling discarded plastic bottles, without receiving the assistance promised by the authorities to rebuild his home.
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March 21, 2013
Croatian Serb Sava Knezevic, 65, walks through his house that was destroyed during the Croatian war,...
Knin, Croatia
Croatian Serb Sava Knezevic, 65, walks through his house that was destroyed during the Croatian war,...
Croatian Serb Sava Knezevic, 65, walks through his house that was destroyed during the Croatian war, in Knin, February 19, 2013. Knezevic has been living in an old barn next door to the house for 17 years, while waiting for it to be rebuilt. He ekes out a meagre living selling discarded plastic bottles and his sole possessions are a small bed and a wood burning stove. After the Croatian war ended, Croatian authorities promised the remaining or returning Serbs that they would be given equal assistance in rebuilding war-damaged properties. But 18 years after the conflict, many are still making do with basic or temporary living arrangements. Picture taken February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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March 21, 2013
Drazen Matovic, a 36-year-old Croatian Serb, carries some food into an abandoned primary school in the...
Strmica, Croatia
Drazen Matovic, a Croatian Serb, carries some food into an abandoned primary school in the village of...
Drazen Matovic, a 36-year-old Croatian Serb, carries some food into an abandoned primary school in the village of Strmica that serves as a makeshift refugee camp for a small group of people, mostly Serbs, who are waiting to be rehoused, February 20, 2013. In 1992 when Matovic was 15-years-old, he fled to Serbia with his parents to escape the fighting. Drazen came back to Croatia in 2005 and was sent to Strmica by the UN refugee agency. Croatian authorities have promised that returning Serbs would be given equal assistance in rebuilding war-damaged properties. But 18 years after the conflict, many are still making do with basic or temporary living arrangements. Picture taken February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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March 21, 2013
Drazen Matovic, a 36-year-old Croatian Serb, eats food in his room in an abandoned primary school in...
Strmica, Croatia
Drazen Matovic, a Croatian Serb, eats food in his room in an abandoned primary school in the village...
Drazen Matovic, a 36-year-old Croatian Serb, eats food in his room in an abandoned primary school in the village of Strmica that serves as a makeshift refugee camp for a small group of mostly Serbs, who are waiting to be rehoused, February 20, 2013. In 1992 when Matovic was 15-years-old, he fled to Serbia with his parents to escape the fighting. Drazen came back to Croatia in 2005 and was sent to Strmica by the UN refugee agency. Croatian authorities have promised that returning Serbs would be given equal assistance in rebuilding war-damaged properties. But 18 years after the conflict, many are still making do with basic or temporary living arrangements. Picture taken February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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March 21, 2013
Inhabitants of an abandoned primary school in the village of Strmica receive free food, February 20,...
Strmica, Croatia
Inhabitants of an abandoned primary school in the village of Strmica receive free food
Inhabitants of an abandoned primary school in the village of Strmica receive free food, February 20, 2013. The school serves as a makeshift refugee camp for a small group of people, mostly Serbs, who are waiting to be rehoused. When Croatian troops recaptured areas controlled by Serb rebels during the Croatian war, much of the Serb population fled. After the conflict ended, some of the Serbs returned and Croatian authorities promised that they would be given equal assistance in rebuilding war-damaged properties. But 18 years after the conflict, many are still making do with basic or temporary living arrangements. Picture taken February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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March 21, 2013
Drazen Matovic, a 36-year-old Croatian Serb, brushes his teeth in the bathroom of an abandoned primary...
Strmica, Croatia
Drazen Matovic, a Croatian Serb, brushes his teeth in the bathroom of an abandoned primary school in...
Drazen Matovic, a 36-year-old Croatian Serb, brushes his teeth in the bathroom of an abandoned primary school in the village of Strmica that serves as a makeshift refugee camp for a small group of mostly Serbs, who are waiting to be rehoused, February 20, 2013. In 1992 when Matovic was 15-years-old, he fled to Serbia with his parents to escape the fighting. Drazen came back to Croatia in 2005 and was sent to Strmica by the UN refugee agency. Croatian authorities have promised that returning Serbs would be given equal assistance in rebuilding war-damaged properties. But 18 years after the conflict, many are still making do with basic or temporary living arrangements. Picture taken February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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March 21, 2013
Drazen Matovic, a 36-year-old Croatian Serb, puts his hand on a copy of the bible in his room in an abandoned...
Strmica, Croatia
Drazen Matovic, a Croatian Serb, puts his hand on a copy of the bible in his room in an abandoned primary...
Drazen Matovic, a 36-year-old Croatian Serb, puts his hand on a copy of the bible in his room in an abandoned primary school in the village of Strmica that serves as a makeshift refugee camp for a small group of mostly Serbs, who are waiting to be rehoused, February 20, 2013. In 1992 when Matovic was 15-years-old, he fled to Serbia with his parents to escape the fighting. Drazen came back to Croatia in 2005 and was sent to Strmica by the UN refugee agency. Croatian authorities have promised that returning Serbs would be given equal assistance in rebuilding war-damaged properties. But 18 years after the conflict, many are still making do with basic or temporary living arrangements. Picture taken February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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March 21, 2013
Drazen Matovic, a 36-year-old Croatian Serb, recieves free food in front of the abandoned primary school...
Strmica, Croatia
Drazen Matovic, a Croatian Serb, recieves free food in front of the abandoned primary school in the village...
Drazen Matovic, a 36-year-old Croatian Serb, recieves free food in front of the abandoned primary school in the village of Strmica that serves as a makeshift refugee camp for him and a small group of people, mostly Serbs, who are waiting to be rehoused, February 20, 2013. In 1992 when Matovic was 15-years-old, he fled to Serbia with his parents to escape the fighting. Drazen came back to Croatia in 2005 and was sent to Strmica by the UN refugee agency. Croatian authorities have promised that returning Serbs would be given equal assistance in rebuilding war-damaged properties. But 18 years after the conflict, many are still making do with basic or temporary living arrangements. Picture taken February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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March 21, 2013
Drazen Matovic, a 36-year-old Croatian Serb, greets a friend on the steps of an abandoned primary school...
Strmica, Croatia
Drazen Matovic, a Croatian Serb, greets a friend on the steps of an abandoned primary school in the village...
Drazen Matovic, a 36-year-old Croatian Serb, greets a friend on the steps of an abandoned primary school in the village of Strmica that serves as a makeshift refugee camp for a small group of mostly Serbs, who are waiting to be rehoused, February 20, 2013. In 1992 when Matovic was 15-years-old, he fled to Serbia with his parents to escape the fighting. Drazen came back to Croatia in 2005 and was sent to Strmica by the UN refugee agency. Croatian authorities have promised that returning Serbs would be given equal assistance in rebuilding war-damaged properties. But 18 years after the conflict, many are still making do with basic or temporary living arrangements. Picture taken February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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March 21, 2013
Croatian Serb Sava Knezevic (R), 65, talks with a friend in the barn that he has lived in for 17 years...
Knin, Croatia
Sava Knezevic, 65, talks with a friend in the barn that he has lived in for 17 years in Knin
Croatian Serb Sava Knezevic (R), 65, talks with a friend in the barn that he has lived in for 17 years in Knin, February 19, 2013. Knezevic's house, that sits next door to the barn, was destroyed during the Croatian war and has yet to be rebuilt. He ekes out a meagre living selling discarded plastic bottles and his sole possessions are a small bed and a wood burning stove. After the Croatian war ended, Croatian authorities promised the remaining or returning Serbs that they would be given equal assistance in rebuilding war-damaged properties. But 18 years after the conflict, many are still making do with basic or temporary living arrangements. Picture taken February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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March 21, 2013
Croatian Serb Sava Knezevic, 65, sorts through plastic bottles in the barn that he has lived in for 17...
Knin, Croatia
Croatian Serb Sava Knezevic, 65, sorts through plastic bottles in the barn that he has lived in for 17...
Croatian Serb Sava Knezevic, 65, sorts through plastic bottles in the barn that he has lived in for 17 years in Knin, February 19, 2013. Knezevic's house, that sits next door to the barn, was destroyed during the Croatian war and has yet to be rebuilt. He ekes out a meagre living selling discarded plastic bottles and his sole possessions are a small bed and a wood burning stove. After the Croatian war ended, Croatian authorities promised the remaining or returning Serbs that they would be given equal assistance in rebuilding war-damaged properties. But 18 years after the conflict, many are still making do with basic or temporary living arrangements. Picture taken February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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March 21, 2013
Croatian Serb Sava Knezevic, 65, poses in front of his house that was destroyed during the Croatian war,...
Knin, Croatia
Croatian Serb Sava Knezevic, 65, poses in front of his house that was destroyed during the Croatian war,...
Croatian Serb Sava Knezevic, 65, poses in front of his house that was destroyed during the Croatian war, in Knin, February 19, 2013. Knezevic has been living in an old barn next door to the house for 17 years, while waiting for it to be rebuilt. He ekes out a meagre living selling discarded plastic bottles and his sole possessions are a small bed and a wood burning stove. After the Croatian war ended, Croatian authorities promised the remaining or returning Serbs that they would be given equal assistance in rebuilding war-damaged properties. But 18 years after the conflict, many are still making do with basic or temporary living arrangements. Picture taken February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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March 20, 2013
Nikola Jankovic (R), 83, poses next to his wife Dragonja in the village of Bobodol, near Knin, in central...
Knin, Croatia
Nikola Jankovic, 83, poses next to his wife Dragonja in the village of Bobodol, near Knin, in central...
Nikola Jankovic (R), 83, poses next to his wife Dragonja in the village of Bobodol, near Knin, in central Croatia March 6, 2013. Serbs and Croats, who are both Slavs and speak almost the same language, united in Yugoslavia in 1918 but have had a turbulent history of conflicts and disagreements since, mainly over equality and dominance in the region. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says around 250,000 Serbs left Croatia during the war. Under Western pressure afterward, Croatia proclaimed a blanket amnesty for Serb soldiers, and around 133,000 have returned. In Bobodol, just outside the former rebel stronghold of Knin in central Croatia, a short drive on a gravel road reveals row after row of abandoned, burnt-out houses. Only eight elderly Serbs live there. They have no problems with Croats in a nearby village, who are just as poor. To match Feature CROATIA-SERBS/ Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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March 20, 2013
Nikola Jankovic, 83, talks to a Reuters journalist in the village of Bobodol, near Knin, in central Croatia...
Knin, Croatia
Nikola Jankovic talks to a Reuters journalist in the village of Bobodol, near Knin, in central Croatia...
Nikola Jankovic, 83, talks to a Reuters journalist in the village of Bobodol, near Knin, in central Croatia March 6, 2013. Serbs and Croats, who are both Slavs and speak almost the same language, united in Yugoslavia in 1918 but have had a turbulent history of conflicts and disagreements since, mainly over equality and dominance in the region. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says around 250,000 Serbs left Croatia during the war. Under Western pressure afterward, Croatia proclaimed a blanket amnesty for Serb soldiers, and around 133,000 have returned. In Bobodol, just outside the former rebel stronghold of Knin in central Croatia, a short drive on a gravel road reveals row after row of abandoned, burnt-out houses. Only eight elderly Serbs live there. They have no problems with Croats in a nearby village, who are just as poor. To match Feature CROATIA-SERBS/ Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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