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2- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 17, 1995

In irony of war, Serbs
suffer at former prison

OMARSKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina
(AP)-Once Muslims suffered here as
prisoners in a Serb-tun camp. Now,
fortunes have shifted and Serb refugees
jam-the grounds of an old iron mine.
"I feel like a walking shadow," said
Davorka Kuzmanovic, fighting back
tears as she breast-fed her 10-month-
old daughter.
Kuzmanovic, 25, and her baby are
among some 50,000 Serb civilians who
have fled toward the Bosnian Serb
stronghold of Banja Luka ahead of re-
cent government and Croatian assaults
that have touched off another refugee
As Bosnian Serb leaders sought to
spread blame for battlefield losses that
forced their civilians to flee,
Kuzmanovic had more material con-
cerns: gathering rain clouds and her
next meal.
"When you don't have anywhere to

go, when you don't know whether your
child will have something to eat the
next day, then you don't care about
politics," she said, sitting on a few be-
longings atop a small tractor with only
a nylon tarp for shelter.
"People are dying in this camp."
People have died here before.
Omarska was among the most notori-
ous prison camps set up when rebel
Serbs overran much of Bosnia in 1992.
Footage of emaciated Muslim prison-
ers shocked the world and focused out-
rage on Bosnian Serb atrocities.
Today, more than 25,000 Serb refu-
gees are struggling to survive there.
Some have found shelter in a mine
building. Others huddle in the open.
Sanitation is appalling, and the camp
supervisor said they can meet only 2
percent of the refugees' food needs.
Elderly people, refusing to talk, sit
on blankets as they fix their gazes on the

Powell too far left for some conservatv
WASHINGTON - Although the prospect of a bid for the GOP nomination by
Gen. Colin Powell has drawn an enthusiastic response from some conservative
national party strategists who view him as the party's strongest general-election
candidate against President Clinton, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
could face enormous ideological hurdles if he actually enters the Republican race.
Since starting his book promotions last month, Powell has spoken in favor of
gun control, legalized abortion and affirmative action, and in opposition to school
prayer and aspects of the Republican welfare reform plan. He has also repeatedly
described himself as a "moderate." In his autobiography, Powell calls himself "a
fiscal conservative with a social conscience."
"If he emphasizes that he's a moderate and he wants to represent the middle,
he'll have a very difficult time of it," said Republican pollster Fred Steeper. "If he
decides to articulate the conservative agenda in his own way, he'll push (front-
runner) Bob Dole right to the brink."
Bill Price, the longtime president of Texans United for Life, thinks he has a pretty
good idea of what might be awaiting Powell if he decides to run as a Republican.
"The conservative interest groups would pull out every possible stop they
possibly could to prevent him from coming out of the Republican primaries as the
nominee," he said.

A 16-year-old antI-aircraft gunner in the Bosnia Serb army looks around a market
In the rebel Serb capital of Pale yesterday.

camp gates, seemingly hoping for help
from somewhere.
Aid officials say some of the elderly
at Omarska have died, but nobody
knows how many.
U.N. and Red Cross relief agencies
are trying to rush aid to Omarska, but
are overwhelmed with the scale of the
refugee problem throughout northwest-
ern Bosnia.

"At this moment, we are watching
something unfold which we can only
explain as a total disaster," said anin-
ternational Red Cross official, John
Sparrow, in Sarajevo.
Said Jean-Marie Boucher of the
World Food Program: "We cannot de-
liver food aid fast enough to the Banja
Luka area. Entire villages are on the


FBI investigates
derailment, questions
motorists in Arizona
PHOENIX-FBI agents setup road-
blocks and stopped motorists yesterday
near the site of last week's Amtrak
derailment, hoping to find someone who
could shed light on the identity of the
saboteur who caused the crash.
"It's too early to tell if the informa-
tion will lead to anyone," FBI spokes-
man Jack Callahan said.
The Sunset Limited toppled into a
desert gulch along a sabotaged stretch
of track Oct. 9, killing a crewman and
injuring 78 people. Copies of an anti-
government letter were found around
the wreck, 55 miles southwest of Phoe-
The roadblocks were set up early
Sunday and taken down 24 hours later.
The FBI is still trying to find the
person in a cowboy hat spotted walking
about 100 yards south of the accident
site by an Amtrak employee and a pas-
senger 10 to 15 minutes after the crash.
Because it was dark, they couldn't
tell whether the person was a man or

woman. The person is being soatghtas a
possible witness - not necessarily a
suspect, FBI agent David Tubbs said.
Women in Congress
support child care
WASHINGTON - Nearly half of
the women in Congress urged lawmak-
ers drafting a final welfare bill yester-
day to provide enough money for child
care and require states to continue to
shoulder a fair share of the responsibil-
ity for helping the poor.
The 26 female legislators, in a letter
to the members of the House and Senate
conference committee on welfare, said
that they have a "particular interest" in
the issue because roughly 90 percent of
the families on welfare are headed by
women. They asked the conferees to
keep intact the school lunch program,
nutrition aid for pregnant women and
babies, foster care and adoption assis-
The women went somewhat farther
than 18 Republican moderates in the
House, who also asked the confereesto
craft abill that would attract substantial
bipartisan support.


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cartel's hit man
fin y behind bars
in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY - They call him
"The Eraser," and testimony in U.S.
federal court indicates that Jose Adolfo
de la Garza was in charge of hit squads
that for years eliminated the enemies
and competitors of alleged Mexican
drug baron Juan Garcia Abrego.
Yesterday, De la Garza was in prison
in Mexico City, charged with serving as
Garcia Abrego's fifth-ranking lieuten-
ant and one of his key links to
Colombia's drug cartels, which theU.S.
Drug Enforcement Agency says supply
four-fifths of the cocaine sold in
America through Mexican smuggling
cartels like Garcia Abrego's.
De ]a Garza, 36, was arrested in a pre-
dawn raid Sunday by Mexican federal
drug-enforcement agents in Monterrey
after an "intensive investigation in sev-
eral northern states," according to
Mexico's attorney general's office.
Mexican prosecutors declared the ar-
rest a clear signal that it is closing in on
fugitive drug lord Garcia Abrego, the
first international drug dealer to be
placed on the FBI's 10-most-wanted
list seven months ago.
Arresting Garcia Abrego and disman-

tding his Gulf cartel, has become a key
issue in U.S.-Mexican relations. He-is
charged in Houston federal court, along
with De la Garza and more than a dozen
other lieutenants, in a widespread crimi-
nal conspiracy that includes murder and
money laundering.
Rabin visits ambush
site, lks to Cabinet
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin yesterday visited the site
in southern Lebanon where six Israeli
soldiers were ambushed and killed the
day before by Lebanese guerrillas, as
government ministers here predicted
that Israel will refrain from unleashing
a massive retaliatory attack.
Sources in southern Lebanon said
Muslim guerrillas fired rocket-propelled
grenades into the Sojod outpost, in the
eastern part of Israel's self-proclaimed
security zone. Israel Radio said that two
Southern Lebanon Army militiamen
were wounded and that Israeli and SLA
troops returned fire. There were no re-
ports of Lebanese casualties.
Rabin called an emergency Cabinet
session for today to discuss the situa-
tion in southern Lebanon. But two min-
isters have said they believe the session
is not intended to authorize any large-
scale assault.

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