Sunday, April 20, 2014


Irina Cisic was 1 year old when she was shot and killed by a sniper in October 1994.

Video War Lives On In Sarajevo, 20 Years Later

April 6 marks 20 years since the start of the siege of Sarajevo, a 44-month blockade of the city by Bosnian Serb forces. All of Bosnia was ravaged by the war, but it was the siege of its capital city, together with the Sarajevo market massacre, that represented the worst of the horrors of the Bosnian War. RFE/RL reports from Sarajevo, a city that refused to die but where the war lives on. More


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Video Sarajevo Marks Siege Anniversary

Exactly 11,541 red chairs were lined up in rows along the main street of Sarajevo -- one for every man, woman, and child killed during the siege of the city that began two decades ago.
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Sarajevo, 20 Years Later: The Baby In The Picture, All Grown Up

Sarajevo-born photographer Rikard Larma is responsible for capturing some of the most memorable images from the nearly four-year siege of the Bosnian city. Now, as Sarajevo marks the 20-year anniversary of the start of the siege, RFE/RL speaks to 21-year-old Skender Basic, the subject of one of Larma’s most famous photographs.
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A Sarajevo Wartime Cookbook, With Recipes Bitter And Sweet

Two decades ago, the residents of Sarajevo spent nearly four years under a siege by Serb paramilitaries that left them with desperately low supplies of food, water, and electricity. RFE/RL reports about one siege survivor who relied on a wartime cookbook and the kinship of her neighbors to help make the most of a desperate situation.
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Sarajevo Notebook: For Journalists, The Story Of Their Lives

Amid the drinks and chatter of a correspondents’ reunion at Sarajevo's Holiday Inn – which 20 years ago served as the main base for foreign journalists covering the war -- it soon becomes clear that there is only one Sarajevo.
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Chairs At Sarajevo Siege Ceremony Come From Serbia

As part of commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo, 11,541 chairs will be placed in the center of the city to honor those who died. But organizers have confirmed that the chairs for the event come from Serbia. The news is raising eyebrows in the city.
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How I Failed To Stop The War In Bosnia

Twenty years ago, on the eve of the Bosnian war, Nenad Pejic was the program director of Sarajevo TV. War seemed inevitable, but he was prepared to make one last attempt to save the peace.
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UNHCR: Bosnia Refugees Top Priority

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says that 20 years after the start of the siege of Sarajevo, the plight of refugees from the breakup of the former Yugoslavia remains one the agency's top five priorities.
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Video Empty Chairs Pay Tribute To Sarajevo Victims

On the 20th anniversary of the start of the siege of Sarajevo, the city commemorated the victims with 11,541 empty seats along the main avenue, one for each of the civilians killed in Sarajevo during the war. Video by Tina Jelin Dizdar, RFE/RL's Balkan Service


Video VOA Interview: Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel

On the 20th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo, VOA's Bosnian Service spoke to Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel on the efforts he made to get the West to halt the bloodshed.


Photogallery Sarajevo: Remembering The Siege

The Bosnian capital marked the anniversary of the start of the 44-month siege of the city by Bosnian Serb forces that saw the deaths of 11,541 men, women, and children.


Photogallery Sarajevo Then And Now

A look back at scenes of Sarajevo taken after the 44-month siege of the city and today, 20 years later. More than 11,500 men, women, and children were killed in the bombardment of the city by Bosnian Serb forces, the longest such siege in modern European history. (Photos by Reuters)


Video Sarajevo Haggadah Is The Ultimate Survivor

The Sarajevo Haggadah, a Jewish illuminated manuscript dating back more than 650 years, has survived everything from the Spanish Inquisition to the siege of Sarajevo, which began 20 years ago. Now it is threatened once again -- this time, by the lack of funding for Sarajevo's cultural institutions. RFE/RL looks at the book's history as Jews around the world celebrate Passover, the holiday when the Haggadah is read.


Video From The Archives: Devastation In Sarajevo

April 6 marks 20 years since the start of the siege of Sarajevo, a blockade of the city by Bosnian Serb forces. The siege lasted 44 months and resulted in 11,541 deaths. Archival video provided by Flash Production Sarajevo shows the bombing of the city during the siege and the human cost that resulted, along with scenes of Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic leading the offensive.


Video Haris Pasovic's Reminder Of War

As Sarajevo prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the start of the siege of the city by Bosnian Serb forces, theater director Haris Pasovic, who is organizing the April 6 commemorations, talks about how the simple act of making a salad automatically takes him back to wartime in the city.