Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo - Memories of the war
Throughout the city, reminders of the
war in the 90s remain. Here, destroyed buildings sit along the river in
front of new office buildings springing up.
Built in 1923, this art deco front still
bears bullet holes from the wars.
The infamous Holiday Inn that housed
gunmen who would fire on people trying to cross "Sniper's Alley" has been
given a facelift, but there are still pockmarks in the Olympic symbol.
The National Library, one of the most
gorgeous buildings in town, is boarded up and off-limits, and a sign tells
the world of what happened here.
"Sarajevo Roses" are created by the impact
of shrapnel and mortar pieces landing on the streets and sidewalks. In
some cases, they are filled in with red rubber to mark the loss of human
life caused by the shell.
The seemingly endless new cemeteries that
lie just beside the stadium are a mute and sobering testimony to what happened
here. Just as in Mostar, it seems that
every headstone is 1993.
And of course, the Muslim and Christian
sections are completely separate. Built at the base of a tower that holds
the Olympic rings from the 1984 winter Olympics, the fields full of graves
stretch to the far reaches of one's vision.
One can only wait and hope that the
future will be bright again for this city...
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