Fact of the day 2/14/2022

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Daniel Odukoya , Editor: Stacey Alexis

Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country situated in the western Balkan Peninsula of Europe, has three major languages. The Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina have a lot of history behind them.

On April 6, 1945, Sarajevo the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina was captured by the Partisans during the Bosnian war. Bosnia and Herzegovina were part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia that existed from 1918 to 1941. The Bosnians were known to be one of the most ruthless during wars. It has been over two decades since the civil war in Bosnia ended and there are over 222,000 land mines still buried throughout the country.

All three countries laid the mines during the conflict. There are over 2 million red signs displaying a skull and crossbones at 29,000 locations around Bosnia. With the threat the mines pose, people living in poor rural areas are most affected. They have to scavenge for food in the wooded areas where the mines are buried.

Recent flooding has caused some of these mines to be swept into residential areas, posing a great threat to the towns inhabitants. Over 3 billion dollars worth of damage has been caused by these mines. One of the Last Jungles in europe named Perucica can be found in Bosnia. Some of the trees in Perucica are over 300 years old and the forest itself dates far back 20,000 years ago, during the time of the war. There are no land mines found in the forest.

If you are planning on making a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina and want to see Perucica, make your way down to the Sutjeska National Park where you will see the view from a hill overseeing Perucica.