While some observers described the ouster of president Slobodan Milosevic as a "revolution," many people in Yugoslavia speak less exuberantly about "the changes" or "what happened on October 5." On the eve of the December 23 Serbian parliamentary elections, washingtonpost.com videographer Travis Fox explored life in the new Yugoslavia.
The Persistence of Poverty:
Zorica Vuceljic is a retired widow who lives in Belgrade on 1,500 dinars ($25) a month. Comfortable under communism, she was forced during the Milosevic era to sell heirlooms on the street. For her, the dictator’s downfall has changed little.
Banned in Belgrade:
Kanda, Kodza i Nebojsa is now one of Serbia's most popular rock bands. Banned from the state media during the Milosevic era, Trumpeter Marko Petronijevic talks about how Yugoslav popular culture is changing.
A Youth Movement Comes of Age:
The youth group known as Otpor (Resistance) played a leading role in bringing down Milosevic. Now one leader, Slobodan Homen, wants Otpor to become a political party while another, Ivan Andric, wants to stick to cultural and student issues.
NATO Refugees:
The Lazics are Serbs from Kosovo who fled after NATO’s victory in the 1999 war. They now live, eight to a room, in a former workers hostel outside Belgrade. They hope the new government will make it safe for them to return home.
Complete Post Coverage of Yugoslavia
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NATO Refugees. Credits: Video by Travis Fox; Text by Jefferson Morley; Design by Alice Kreit and John Poole; Production by Pierre Kattar.