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THE DEATH OF BELANICA

A Community Under Seige

April 25, 1999

According to local legend, the Kosovo village of Belanica was founded by four brothers who agreed that they would keep a broad field at the heart of the community as a common trust. On April 1, that 20-acre field, shown below, at center, was jammed with tens of thousands of ethnic Albanians who were herded there from the surrounding area by Serbian forces. Here is what villagers said they saw as Serbian soldiers and police terrorized and then expelled them.

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