The ground gives up its secrets.
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The closest his memories usually come to the surface is when he insists those memories no longer hold any power over him. "All of this stuff," he says, "helped me realize that you have to be happy in life. I had my childhood. It was fun. I would never change my childhood."
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Twenty years after fleeing with his family from the Bosnian War, Vedad Ibasevic has led his national team to an appearance in the World Cup. But nothing can stay buried.Printer-friendly version, stripped of multimedia content.
Other children of the Bosnian War wrestle with its legacy: "I still couldn’t believe my beloved coach, the original Pero, had come to our door with an AK-47 shouting, 'You have one hour to leave or be killed!' Pero was a common Yugoslavian name, like Peter, but I only knew two. In my 12-year-old mind, they became 'Bad Pero' and 'Good Pero.'"
Kenan Trebinčević finds the neighbor who saved his family.
Zlata Filipović, author of Zlata's Diary
, lives in Dublin
and fears for Bosnia's future.