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Bosnia native opts against revenge, writes book


By Tracey Compton

May 27, 2006

St. Cloud Times

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When 26-year-old Bosnia native Savo Heleta recalls his graduation ceremony from St. John's University this spring, he is keenly aware of how one false move years ago would have put him on a different path.

 

That day was in 1996 when he picked up a gun and approached a man he said tried to kill his family.

 

It was during the civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where Muslims were being driven out of their homes by Serbian militants.

 

At that time, Heleta, who considers himself Serbian, said Gorazde, his native city, was under Muslim control and surrounded by Serbs.