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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.

A Bosnian Muslim woman walks near a banner with the number 11,541 -- the number of Sarajevans killed in the 44-month siege.
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A Bosnian Muslim woman walks near a banner with the number 11,541 -- the number of Sarajevans killed in the 44-month siege.

"Sarajevo Red Line" was a musical-theater performance that took place in front of 11,541 empty chairs -- one for each citizen killed during the siege.
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"Sarajevo Red Line" was a musical-theater performance that took place in front of 11,541 empty chairs -- one for each citizen killed during the siege.

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Many of the chairs were small to represent the hundreds of children killed.
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Many of the chairs were small to represent the hundreds of children killed.

A baby doll rests on a red chair that is one of 643 representing the children who died in the siege.
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A baby doll rests on a red chair that is one of 643 representing the children who died in the siege.

A man pays his respects at a memorial to the children who died.
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A man pays his respects at a memorial to the children who died.

Sarajevans look at memorial scrolls bearing the names of some of the children killed.
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Sarajevans look at memorial scrolls bearing the names of some of the children killed.

A delegation from the city of Sarajevo, citizens, and state officials, along with guests, laid flowers at the Memorial Eternal Flame.
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A delegation from the city of Sarajevo, citizens, and state officials, along with guests, laid flowers at the Memorial Eternal Flame.

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A light rain fell as thousands of Sarajevans gathered on the city’s central Titova Street for the “Red Line Sarajevo” commemoration.
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A light rain fell as thousands of Sarajevans gathered on the city’s central Titova Street for the “Red Line Sarajevo” commemoration.

Sarajevans stop to look at pages from war-era newspapers posted in shop fronts along the city’s main Titova Street as part of the commemorations.
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Sarajevans stop to look at pages from war-era newspapers posted in shop fronts along the city’s main Titova Street as part of the commemorations.

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