This is my humblest homage to the people of Sarajevo, who have endured, during what was to become the longest siege in mankind's modern history, such sufferings I could hardly tell and I could share, stay after stay in the Bosnian capital, only in ludicrous amount. My strongest hope is the viewer won't forget 10,615 dead - 1615 children amongst them - and more than 50,000 wounded people.
The siege of Sarajevo lasted from April 5, 1992, to February 26, 1996, that is 1395 days.
43091 December 1994, The National Library, located along the Miliacka river, was deliberately hit and burnt early during the early siege (1992). You may see the National Library under reconstruction (1996) HERE
43061 September 1996 Dobrinja, the western district where fighting scored maybe its maximum, but was never occupied by serb assailants
43073 These young graphic designers, Bojan & Dalida Hadziahlovic, known as "Trio" never leaved Sarajevo during the siege. One of their unrespectful work shows here former UN Secretary General, Mr. Boutros Ghali paying tribute to Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic
43286 These kind of barrages (here on "Sniper alley") were put in place to hide the most trafficked pathways from snipers' view. Sometimes even plain blankets were use to blind snipers who were shooting from a few hundred meters uphill
43068 Mr. Hal Holbrooke US Special Envoyee and Mr. Carl Bildt, OSCE highest representative, during a meeting at Holiday Inn Hotel, in 1996
43264 The martyred tower of the Energoinvest building. More than 80 percent of this building from one of the largest bosnian enterprises could all but work, due to his facing the occupied part of the town, where most of the shelling used to come from.
43287 Major Paul Trahan, US Army, together with Gen. Del l' Aglio, Italian Army, and well known Sister Liberia (first right) just after the speech of Archbishop Vinko Pulijc, during the Holy Christmas midnight mass in the Cathedral, December 24th, 1995
43351 Winter 1994 The search for water was maybe the heaviest as well as most dangerous daily tasks for Sarayevans
43361 March 1996 Marhall Tito Avenue
43092 Vojvode Putnika avenue (Sniper Alley)
In December 1995 electricity becomes a little bit less than a dream for a large part of Sarajevo
43279 March 1996 Italian Peacekeepers in Vogosca northern district
43299 Winter 1994
43167 Summer 1996 Reconstruction works in Bacarsija (the oldest, most central district in Sarajevo)
43310 December 1994 Approximately 50000 people were wounded in Sarajevo during the siege, and a huge number are now invalid
43321 1996 Sarajevo soccer team fans
43303 1994 The Cathedral Square in Vase Miskina, downtown Sarajevo
43270 This Institute, managed by Mrs. Alma Hadzjahmic, hosted elderly and disabled from both conflicting ethnic groups throughout the war. Mrs. Alma, an ethnis serb, refused to relocate from this district, which would have been a safer personal choice, to keep working in this institute. Kind of these courageous resolutions were all but rare during the whole conflict
43347 1996 Windshield washers at work on a British Army vehicle outside the Holiday Inn Hotel
43265 Director Ademir Kenovicwith camera operator Uherka Milenko (in the foreground) in March 1996, during the filming of "The Perfect Circle"
43358 1994 Running across Vojvode Putnika avenue (Sniper Alley)
43074 Mrs. Jasminka Dedic
Read her story HERE (ITALIAN)
Farewell, good ol' Marjan... The lone king of Kabul zoo succumbs to his age at 48, after surviving years and years of deprivations and symbolizing to kabulis the spirit of resiliency itself Well.....that's sad news, indeed. To my eyes, Marjan symbolized hope. However, in thinking about that dear old lion's death I choose to believe that when he heard the swoosh of kites flying over Kabul, heard the roars from the football stadium, experienced the renewed sounds of music in the air and heard the click-click of chess pieces being moved around chessboards....well, the old guy knew that there was plenty of hope around and it was okay for him to let go and fly off, amid kite strings, to wherever it is the spirits of animals go.
Peace to you Marjan and peace to Afghanistan.
[Diana Smith, via the Internet]