On April 5, 1992, the capital of the newly independent Republic of Bosnia-Hercegovina, Sarajevo, was surrounded by Bosnian Serb military forces as part of their campaign to make the country a part of the 'Greater Serbia'. With the assistance of the Serb-dominated JNA (Yugoslav National Army), the hills surrounding the cosmopolitan city became the home to over 250 tanks, 100 mortars, and numerous snipers. They tightened their grip on the city of 500,000 residents and by early May, the city was completely cut off from the outside world. And thus began the longest siege in human history, numbering 1395 days-- a period in which Sarajevans were under constant attack from snipers, artillery, and other weaponry in a city deprived of gas, electricity, water, and food.
On April 1, 1999, I was fortunate to visit the city of Sarajevo. In addition to seeing the strides that the citizens had taken to rebuild their lives after the Bosnian war, I bore witness to the indelible scars left by the city's darkest period. I now share with you images and anecdotes from the proud city of Sarajevo.
Feedback from visitors:
Thank you for hosting the web site of Sarajevo. I was part of IFOR/SFOR from 12/96 through 07/97. I lived in Zetra Stadium for the first three weeks and then moved into the Annex Building that was part of the Residency compound situated next to the American Embassy for the balance of my tour. Sarajevo represents both the best and worst of times for me. Now, I can only think of the good times and the beauty of the city. It has taken me a long time to get to this point. One day, I intend to return to Sarajevo and enjoy the fullness of life that I know lives within this beautiful city. I hope that you will maintain this site for a long time. It serves as a reminder to all that peace is fragile and cannot be taken for granted. I had many friends who were Muslims, Serbs, and Croats. While I never truly understood the depth of their feelings that led to the worst war since WWII, Sarajevo like Rome, served as a better example where the ethnic groups fought together to defeat their common enemy, placing the love of their city first. Many, many thanks.
Terry H. Carter, President & CEO, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce (www.jcchamber.com)