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    MORE PHOTOS OF WARTIME BOSNIA

    by Amelei Written Oct 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: PHOTO1.- An orphan boy eats a meal of cold gruel and breadcrumbs at the unheated Sarajevo orphanage during the Bosnian Serb siege of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 1993. Almost 2,000 children, and over 10,000 people in total were killed in Sarajevo during the 3-1/2 year siege.

    HUNGER IN SARAJEVO
    We went to find the costumes, because we couldn't afford to make new ones. I picked one costume from the wardrobe of that tailor shop and tried it on, and turned sideways toward the mirror, and Kaca said, oh great, it's good, we'll take it. It had only one sleeve. When I turned around to the other side, the dress was so asymmetric, and me so thin so I asked what we were going to do with this Biafra detail.

    As absurd as it may sound, the war was one of the most beautiful parts of my life. It is horrible to be face to face with death all the time, with tragedies, with injuries. But, there was another side as well, that purity of emotions, which we shared with each other. Everything was clear, everything was simplified, and that made it human. Which was wonderful. When someone was scared, he said that he's scared, when he loved someone, he would show that. If we wanted to help each other, we would act as if we did. As much as we could under the circumstances.
    Minka Muftic
    Actress

    Excerpt From: Sarajevo survivor testimonies from OPSADA (The Siege) by FAMA International

    Fondest memory: PHOTO2.- An old man walks amid the ruins of Sarajevo in April 1993, exactly one year after the Bosnian Serb siege of the city began. At right is the infamous 'Sniper Alley'.

    PHOTO3.- Bosnian soldiers pray at the Begova Mosque during the final days of the division of the city, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, January 1996.

    PHOTO4.- A gypsy girl refugee begs for money in downtown Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, January 1996. A large influx of refugees fleeing Bosnian Serb ethnic cleansing from their rural towns and villages has changed Sarajevo's population, as many city residents fled the city for other countries.

    PHOTO5.- MUSIC AMONGST THE ASHES

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    PHOTOS OF BOSNIA

    by Amelei Written Oct 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Photo 1. A RACE UNDER SNIPER FIRE
    I went to work, I worked in the Head Office of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Railroad Company and every day leaving for work and coming back I had to cross an avenue. It wasn't a street, but an avenue, I don't know how many meters wide. A sniper was always shooting at that avenue, killing people, injuring them, and I thought how to cross. I stayed in between the houses. One quick glance to my watch. When the first bullet was shot I counted the seconds to the next bullet. Some 15 to 20 seconds. And so I was ready when the shot was fired to run across the avenue and I had to do it in 15 seconds. At such times the fear a person feels is incredible. The legs were dead, the muscles don't work and there's no air in the lungs. And when I arrived to the other side then I stayed there awhile to catch my breath and rest a little and the people who were hiding there and watching were happy that somebody managed to cross that fateful avenue near the 2nd Gymnasium.
    Mima Tulic Kerken
    Citizen of Sarajevo

    Excerpt From: Sarajevo survivor testimonies from OPSADA (The Siege) by FAMA International

    Fondest memory: PHOTO 2
    Sarajevo Symphony cellist Vedran Smajlovic plays Tommaso Albinoni's 'Adagio' for victims of the Serb siege of the city, Lion Cemetery, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September 1992.

    EIGHT PEOPLE ARE KILLED AT A FUNERAL
    The massacre on Budakovici took place 15 June 1993. Twelve people were killed, a lot wounded. It was one of a whole series of massacres that happened at funerals, and in the war there were 10 thousand funerals. A similar massacre took place at the Lav (Lion) graveyard when in two attacks 17 people were killed and once 4 men were killed and over 70 wounded. Two massacres like that took place on the Turbe graveyard on Bistrik. Two men were killed in one and one in the other. This shows that the funerals were deliberately targeted and that the enemy was trying to revenge himself on the town and the people who were burying their loved ones. I'm sorry to say our imams had to take refuge sometimes even had to jump into the grave, or hide behind the dead so that they could finish the prayers and the funeral rites. For that reason we tried to have as few people as possible attending funerals so there would be fewer victims then we went ever farther and held the funerals at night so that fewer people would be in danger.
    Muharem Omeradic'
    Head of the Religious and Educational Service of the Islamic Community

    A young woman runs to avoid being shot by a Serb THIS NEEDS NO EXPLANATION

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    FAQ's

    by Amelei Written Aug 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 1. Isn't there still a war in Bosnia?
    No. We have recently celebrated 10 years of peace. The disintegration of the old Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia led eventually also to armed conflict here. On 20 November 1995 peace was signed between the various parties involved and fighting ended. Since then the countries infrastructure has been largely reconstructed and tourists are returning to the country in ever increasing numbers, making tourism the fastest growing economic sector

    2. Surely it is still dangerous in Bosnia and Herzegovina because of landmines?
    Bosnia and Herzegovina is not mine-free. This however does NOT mean that it is unsafe. About 4% of the total surface of Bosnia and Herzegovina is possibly contaminated. These areas are on former confrontation lines and are known, documented and often marked in various ways. Within city limits you can walk around safely. Moreover, there are many areas where you can recreate, walk, raft, bike hike, paraglide and (tour)ski, freely without coming within a distance of less then 20 km from a suspected minefield. Nonetheless it would not be advised to venture out in nature, off the beaten paths without a guide. Tourist Information Centres can help you find one,

    3. What currency can I pay with?
    The official currency of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Convertible Mark (Konvertibilna Maraka or KM). It is officially abbreviated as BAM. This currency is tied to the EURO. Many private companies such as hotels, restaurants and other salesmen (street vendors, taxis etc) accept EURO’s for payment, but it is always good to ask beforehand to avoid surprises. Occiasionally, other currencies are accepted as well. Expect your change in KM however. You do not have to accept other currencies as change. There are cash machines in all major cities in BiH.

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  • village at the border

    by deimos1818 Updated Sep 16, 2004

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    Favorite thing: During the war, the Serbians drove off all muslims and deported them. After the end of the war, the muslims came back.
    Thats what my hosts in Tuzla told me. I am sure that Serbs and Croats will tell me a different story. I know this version, if somebody has a problem with that, just mail me a text with the serbian/croatian/xxx/yyy version, I'll add it.

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  • their legacy

    by deimos1818 Written Jun 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Serbs left. Now there is a orthodox church in the center of the town. It isn't needed. I think they should add a minaret and make it into a mosque. It would be a symbol that the wounds which were made by the war are now closed.

    the legacy of the Serbs.

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  • extreme federalism

    by deimos1818 Written Jun 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: just an in my view intersting thing:
    Bosnia was after the war divided in two so called "entities". The Federacaja Bosna i Hercegovina(majority there is muslim and croatic) and the Republika Srpska(Serbian majority). There is also the district of Brcko, which is independent. Both entities have their own armed forces, their own parliament etc..Serbia wants to annect the republika srpska, while Croatia also wants some parts of the country...

    thats the the border...you are welcomed by the RS.

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  • Isn't that landscape nice?

    by deimos1818 Written Jun 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The landscape looks nice, doesn't it?So green...Especcialy in Winter it must be fun to ski there. But it's mined. So schön und gleichzeitig so gefährlich...

    mines everywhere around the hill in the center...

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