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Nearly 15,000 war missing still haunt the Balkans FEATURE 08/31/2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nearly 15,000 war missing still haunt the Balkans

FEATURE

08/31/2010
BELGRADE — Verica Tomanovic holds up a flyer as she talks about her Serb husband who disappeared in Kosovo more than a decade ago.

“This man went missing. If you know his whereabouts, please call KFOR or 92 (the police).”
Andrija Tomanovic, the 62-year-old chief of surgery in Pristina’s hospital, disappeared in broad daylight on June 24, 1999, two weeks after the war ended and Nato-led KFOR peacekeeping forces controlled the area.

He is one of some 14,650 persons unaccounted for after the wars in Croatia, Bosnia Hercegovina and Kosovo, which tore apart the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Families throughout the western Balkans still hope to find out what has happened to their missing loved ones, if only to bury and grieve for them properly.

“On that day he called (from the hospital)... and said he was going home and would call back in 10 minutes,” Tomanovic’s wife recalls.

“We haven’t heard from him since,” she adds in a whisper.

Immediately after he disappeared Verica, who was visiting her daughter in Belgrade at the time, spent frantic days and nights calling friends and colleagues in a desperate bid to locate her husband.... MORE

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