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ENVISIONING A BRIGHTER FUTURE- The ravages of the war in Kosovo are evident in the back yard of 5-year-old Lirim Laniís home outside Pec, where he stands with his great uncle. The home and car, a Citroen, were set afire by Serbian paramilitary groups during the war. The Lani family has lived on the land for 500 years. Their home was one of an estimated 70,000 homes that were damaged or destroyed during the war. Until their home is repaired, the family is living in a trailer and a tent on the property. The biggest challenge now for the international and humanitarian aid community is to get the population through Kosovoís long winter.
Photo by: Martha Rial / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/24/1999)