By Greg Campbell
Up to date with new chapters from his newest 1999 journey to Kosovo, the writer observes the on-the-ground impression of the peace contract with Milosevic and the NATO peacekeepers efforts to fix the regionThis first-person, on-the-road shuttle event takes us via the most harmful and hate-filled areas on earth-the former republics of Yugoslavia-and right into a land nonetheless reeling from months of brutal wrestle. instructed in a fast paced, rollicking variety thats humorous, unhappy, considerate, and every now and then frightening, the line to Kosovo indicates us conflict and the fight for peace in the course of the eyes of a tender journalist. new concluding chapters, written after the authors 1999 stopover at to Kosovo, supply an extraordinary, on-the-ground overview of the impression of the NATO peacekeeping challenge and the peace contract with Milosevic. The poignant scenes of dying, confusion, and hopelessness that Campbell observes -not from media tents yet from the houses of locals, of their bars, and at the part of the road-hearken ominously again to the 1st days of the peace project in Bosnia. A bright, uneasy photograph emerges of a quarter proof against lasting peace.
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A huge woman in her sixties stood in the doorway, pouring sweat like a faucet. She invited us in for a drink of hot brandy poured from a plastic Coke bottle, assuring us that we weren't interrupting her, that she was just doing the same thing she'd been doing for the past twenty-five days, sitting at the window, looking over the tanks in the parking lot to the corner of her prewar apartment, which was visible through the thin trees dying in the heat. She was supposed to be able to move in there anytime, she said.
But I'm not going to go over there by myself," she said with a shrug. "Too dangerous. " The look on her face said enough about the possibility of a Croat family's accepting an apartment in the RS, so I didn't bother to ask. She gave me the same look when I asked if she felt safe with so many Drvar, July 1998 45 peacekeeping soldiers around her. She hobbled off and we tried another building. This time, on the last apartment we rapped on, the door opened slowly. A huge woman in her sixties stood in the doorway, pouring sweat like a faucet.
Anyplace with legitimate life, no matter how depressing or menacing, was a welcome distrac- 36 Drvar, July 1998 tion. The Motel 9 fit the bill: there were high ceilings, an aquarium, a not-so-bad mural of farm life overlooked by angels, and smart red leather chairs. All the swinging front windows were propped open to allow the breeze to wash in and try to convince the twenty or so gathered people that they were somewhere else. I sat at the bar and waited for the Balkan Stare to subside—this is the uneasy phenomenon experienced by any stranger, regardless of origin, in this country.