January 3, 2005 |
A Sarajevo street will be named in honor of American writer and activist Susan Sontag, who helped the city's residents during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. "The city of Sarajevo [and] its citizens express their sincere thanks to an author and a humanist who actively participated in the creation of the history of Sarajevo," a statement from Mayor Muhidin Hamamdzic said. Sontag, who died Tuesday at 71, visited Sarajevo many times and lobbied for international intervention to end the war. In '93, she helped stage a production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at the Youth Theater.
May 27, 1992 |
Mortar shells fired by Serb fighters landed in a crowd lined up for bread in Sarajevo today, killing at least 20 people and wounding up to 160, medical officials said. The attack occurred about 10 a.m. as more than 100 people stood in line near an open market in the center of the Bosnia-Herzegovina capital, Sarajevo radio editor Ivan Kristic said by telephone. It shattered a Russian-mediated truce that had taken effect four hours earlier. The Serb fighters, who have cut the city of 500,000 off from the world, made no immediate comment.
June 9, 1994 |
A woman walks her Dalmatian. She approaches a man with a dachshund on a leash. The Dalmatian wags its tail, but the dachshund is busy sniffing at some hole in the sidewalk, so the Dalmatian shows interest in a spaniel down the road. There is nothing striking about this doggie scene. Or is there? Only that it happened one evening not long ago on a street in Sarajevo known as Sniper Alley, and the dachshund was exploring a giant pockmark left by the impact of a mortar shell.
June 6, 1995 |
After listening to Azim Ramic describe his recent ill-fated shopping expedition, it is easy to understand why the United Nations is talking about using its new 10,000-strong rapid-deployment force to secure at least one road between the besieged Bosnian capital and the outside world. Ramic, 38, was on his way home from a Sarajevo suburb Sunday morning with a knapsack full of flour, sugar, ketchup and chocolates, when a mortar shell exploded barely three feet away. Groceries and blood splattered the road.
February 18, 1994 |
The International Olympic Committee said yesterday it will match any money donated by Olympic athletes to ease the suffering in war-blasted Sarajevo, where death stalks venues built for the 1984 Winter Games. "The eyes of the world are on Sarajevo," said Francois Carrard, the IOC's director general, on his return with committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch from an unprecedented three-day trip to the Bosnian city. The visit marked the 10-year anniversary of the Sarajevo Games.
December 19, 1994 |
The man they call Dzimi Karter arrived at sunset yesterday to a chorus of skepticism from diplomats and the increasingly frustrated citizens of this besieged city. The former U.S. president met for several hours last night with Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic before journeying to the nearby ski resort of Pale, which the rebel Bosnian Serbs have proclaimed the capital of their own republic. Jimmy Carter said he hoped to persuade the Bosnian Serbs to accept a partition plan, drawn up by mediators from the five-nation "contact group," that would stop the deadliest fighting in Europe since World War II. "My role here is to learn what I can. . . . and what I might do that might bring about peace," Carter told reporters at a brief news conference in the shell-pocked Bosnian presidency building.
October 2, 1995 |
To Zijo Dzino, the siege will be over when he can get in his Volkswagen Jetta and drive his wife to see her sisters on the Adriatic Coast. To Kasema Telalagic, it will be over when she can take her wedding crystal and paintings out of the boxes in the basement, where she packed them away 3 1/2 years ago for safekeeping during the war. Lejla Hadziomerovic, principal of the Razija Omanovic Elementary School on Logavina Street, will consider the...
May 29, 1999 |
Zetra Olympic Hall in Sarajevo, destroyed by Serb gunners during the Bosnian war, was reopened yesterday. Fewer than 100 people attended a small, closed ceremony that featured a few dozen teenagers, dressed all in white, dancing briefly to broadcast music. A big ball symbolizing the Earth was placed in the middle of the hall. The hall was rebuilt with the help of money from the International Olympic Committee, whose president, Juan Antonio Samaranch, turned over the key to Mayor Rasim Gacanovic.
December 21, 1994 |
As Jimmy Carter was negotiating a cease-fire with the Bosnian Serbs yesterday, and as talk of peace hung on everyone's lips, a mortar shell landed in the front courtyard of Ismet and Rabija Topalbecirevic. The explosion smashed every window in the house, sent the thermal underwear from the clothesline sailing over the gas lines, and twisted a racing bicycle in the courtyard as easily as if it were a paper clip. Most likely, the shell would have maimed Ismet and Rabija as well had the telephone not rung a minute before to tell them they could pick up humanitarian rations from the bakery up the street.
July 29, 1994
Instead of meeting tomorrow in Geneva to strategize about Bosnia, the foreign ministers of the United States, Russia, France, Great Britain and Germany ought to go to Sarajevo. Of course, the Bosnian Serbs might not let them in. Ignoring the United Nations and NATO, Serb gunners closed Sarajevo's airport for several days last week and shut down the main road to the city. But a little humiliation by the Serbs might do the poohbahs of big power some good. If for one weekend they had to live through what Sarajevans suffered for two years, and are in danger of suffering again, these foreign ministers might conclude that appeasing Serb bullies only encourages them to inflict more pain.