After the war with Serbia, prices rose and wages fell. Those who were once comfortable are struggling. The average wage is about pounds 300 to pounds 400 a month. Cigarettes and alcohol are cheap, but all other items cost about as much as in wealthy countries.
The government claimed it had no money but they had managed to buy a new private jet for Tudjman, and a whole fleet of luxury cars for themselves.
Social services are non-existent. "If you need medicine and you don't have enough money, nobody cares if you live or die," my cousin said to me.
I asked my family what they thought would happen in the forthcoming elections. "If the government lost would the opposition be competent?" I asked. They shrugged. "We don't trust anybody any more." These are not the words of people who are crying today because the man has gone.
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