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When Serb forces withdrew from Kosovo in June 1999, many ethnic Albanian refugees began returning home and learned what had become of their loved ones and villages. What they found was a brutalized landscape littered with rubble, charred bodies and mass graves — evidence of an ethnic cleansing campaign by Yugoslav forces during the 11-week war.

The Washington Post photographer Lucian Perkins visited the town of Vlastica in June 1999 when the Musliu family returned home and discovered their 11-year-old son Lulzim had been killed. This photo gallery chronicles the family's grief as their son is laid to rest.

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Balkans Special Report


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