Although the civil war ended years ago, danger still exists because of the millions of land mines left behind.
Women often lose limbs to unexploded land mines when attempting to plant their gardens.
This couple lives in an abandoned rail car left behind by a Portuguese railroad. Amputations that result from land mines make difficult situations all the more difficult.
Augusto Chimuna with his daughter in front of the tent where his family has lived for many years as Internally Displaced Persons.
This villager was gathering thatch for the roof of his home when he stepped on a "toe-popper" – a small plastic antipersonnel land mine about the size of a hockey puck.
Many amputations are done without anesthesia, and often have to be done again higher up the leg if it gets infected. With limited resources, family members have to step up to care for their loved ones.
Damir Palavra lost his leg when he stepped on a mine in the field in front of his Dobrinja home. Intensely shy, Damir did not want to return to school because he was embarrassed to be on crutches.
Damir Palavra waits with his father Halim, at the prosthesis center for a new artificial leg. Damir received a prosthesis in Germany, but it broke just 6 weeks later as he attempted to
Ermine Jusufovic, age 17, was playing soccer next to his home when his father told him to go help his mother and sister in the fields. The area was on the confrontation lines between the Serbs and the Muslims during the war. They were told the area had been demined. Ermine triggered a “bounding betty” mine which jumps up about three feet before going off. Ermine lost his foot and suffered injuries to his left arm. His torso was torn apart by shrapnel. Doctors gave Ermine a 20% chance to live. Only one in a thousand survives this type of mine.