Human Wrongs

When the shooting started in the Albanian hamlet of Ljuboten one Friday morning last month, Zekir Sali did not understand what had gone wrong. In talks with ethnic Macedonians living in nearby villages at the base of a steep mountainside outside Skopje, the 43-year-old jeweler and father of four had been assured that whatever happened the neighbors wouldn't turn on each other. But they hadn't counted on the Macedonian police.

In a three-day operation following a land mine explosion that killed eight policemen, the security forces first shelled Ljuboten, killing a six-year-old boy and an elderly man, and then went...

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