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From greengrocer to Bosnia to journalist

Credit: Footage of Leyla and Selma and their dash across "snipers alley" from Miss Sarajevo by Bill Carter and Ned O'Hanlon.

BBC South East's Mark Norman decided he wanted to become a journalist, so he gave up his job as a greengrocer and went to Bosnia at the time the country was being ripped apart by a civil war.

He stayed in the country for almost two years, and the conflict changed his life forever.

For Mark, and many of the other young reporters covering the troubles in the 1990s, their stints in Sarajevo left a lasting impression on their lives.

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