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.
43001 March 1996, Ilidza (mostly Serbian-inhabited, south-western district)
43149 An Italian peacekeeper from IFOR (Implementation Force) on the hills surrounding the bosnian capital. The whole city was a dead-meat targer for artillery located on top of surrounding hills.
43184 Ethnic bosnian sarajevans cross an Italian peacekeepers-manned checkpoint, while returning back to their houses, after the relocation enforced as from Dayton's agreement
43333 Young students in a patisserie in Bascarsija (old Sarajevo)
43077 Winter view from upper Ilidza district
43284 Bishop,Vinko Pulijc, who never spared criticisms to the Roman Church apparatus for its alleged behaviour during the whole war
43281 Dr. Zeliko Trograncic, from Kossovo Hospital Neuropsychiatric department
43331 Dobrinja, close to one of the confrontation lines
43326 The Energoinvest building, a few hundred meters from the huge yelllow concrete cube which is the Holiday Inn Hotel
43093 The Orthodox cathedral in Branilaca Sarajeva
43002 Burning houses in Ilidza district, a few days before the deadline for the relocation of serbian occupants. The Dayton agreement stated that bu March 19th, 1996, the serbians had to give back districts occupied after fleeing legitimate ethnic bosnians owners during the early stage of the war. Most of these building were put to flames or badly damaged shortly before being abandoned
43301 Italian army peacekeeper in Vogosca district
43309 Winter 1994
43320 Winter 1994 Woodseller
43266 Mrs. Zelika Zizic, who lost her son Marko in Dobrinja
43277 Winter 1994
43355 Cigarette-seller in downtown Sarajevo
43336 Firefighter at work in Ilidza district on a flat deliberately set afire by serb occupants
43300 1,600 children were killed during the siege, and approximately 10,000 were wounded
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]