Death As a Way of Life

On one northern battlefield, a TIME photographer records the grief of a group of small, tightly knit Muslim villages

Unending war has become an occupation force, seizing village after village of Bosnia and Herzegovina in its vicious grip. Across trenches and rubble- strewn no-man's-lands reminiscent of World War I, Bosnian and Serb soldiers blaze away on dozens of small battlefields. TIME photographer James Nachtwey spent the past two weeks on one of those battlefields, between Brcko and adjacent Muslim hamlets in northern Bosnia.

Irregular Serb forces captured and "ethnically cleansed" the center of Brcko of its mainly Muslim population last year. Now they are trying to push south to widen their land link to Serbia. The hamlets stand in the...

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