Savagery in The Safe Zone

The implacable civil war allows no room for childhood, as shells kill six young sledders at play in Sarajevo

THE FRESH, WHITE SNOW DREW THEM OUTside. A group of laughing children, the youngest 4 and the oldest 14, trooped out of their Sarajevo apartment building to play. It seemed safe enough; the Serb artillery batteries lining the hilltops around the city had been quiet for several days. Besides, the children were inside a U.N.-declared safe zone. As the Muslim boys and girls shouted and rode their sled, 120-mm mortar shells landed with a roar. The children dropped to the ground and then, when more explosions followed, ran for the beckoning safety of their building. Inside, fearful families rushed to the...

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