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A view from the mountains overlooking Sarajevo, where Serbian troops launched grenades into the city.

Bosnia: A fortunate soldier

Enlisting underage, Edin, a former Bosnian soldier was sentenced to death and released following the end of the conflict. Landing in Sarajevo, my aim was to uncover the residual scars of its war and the psychological problems remaining from the the siege of Sarajevo and beyond. Many in the country tell me war has ended, and in its place a war of the minds began.

Edin recalls the beginnings of the siege and how it unfolded.

Edin drives further into Trebević mountain.

The route bears the scars of the siege, and many people do too.

Edin's mother removes her sock to show an injury. At the end of the conflict, she walked into her garden stepping onto a hidden land mine which hospitalised her for months. The Mine Advisory Group estimates it will be another 20 years before progress is seen in Bosnia.

Edin's friend sits outside his home recalling the war.

Graffiti referring to the war can be seen everywhere throughout the country, especially in Sarajevo.

Graffiti in Srebrenica referring to the rape and genocide of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims. Many consider the number closer to 12,000 as many more are missing.

Bullet holes riddle homes in the town, 20 years on the government is yet to repair its buildings.

Meanwhile in Mostar, it too is suffering from lack of investment and scenes of shelling remain.

The capital remains untouched in many places, more visible towards the outskirts of the city away from areas of tourism.

20 years on, Edin suffers from PTSD and experiences anxiety when entering the woods near his home. He looks after his mother alone and says he cannot sleep a full night.

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