Sgt. Henrique Vale.
Mr. Milenko, a returnee to the destroyed
town of Ivanica, gives an idea of the work facing him as he begins cleaning
up his pre-war property in preparation to return to live there.The Milenko
family belongs to one of three organised groups which are beginning
cleaning up operations with support of the SFOR Spanish Brigade.The
promise of a future life for the scarred town in the very south of Bosnia
and Hercegovina, began in late July of this year when Spanish engineers
removed three huge mines which lay under the principal route from Trebinje
to the town (leading eventually to Dubrovnik in Croatia). The mines,
composed of various 500 pound aerial bombs and other explosives, were
a legacy of the 1992 conflict and posed a serious threat to freedom
of movement in the area. At the time, the de-mining gained congratulations
from the High Representative as it allowed the opening of a new border
crossing. But the success of the action has gone beyond initial expectancies
with returnees arriving from Republika Srpska, Croatia and Montenegro.
SFOR is providing some essential services and a secure environment.