Sarajevo Twenty Years Ago
The international community is this month remembering the beginning of the siege of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which started on 6th April 1992. During the 1425 days of the siege 11541 people were killed, of whom 1500 were children. Early in 1993 I had the privilege of spending one month in Sarajevo as a guest of the humanitarian agency ADRA – Adventist Development and Relief Agency, and to share a taste of what it meant to live in an open concentration camp. Moreover, I witnessed the hard and sacrificial work of 120 ADRA volunteers that made a major difference in the lives of the people who fought daily for their survival under the longest siege of the 20th century. Now, twenty years later ADRA’s relief work in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992-1995 war should not be forgotten. Apart from the relief work of the UN agencies, ADRA was by far the most powerful and respected relief presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina thanks to its strict ethnic and religious impartiality. This is why I am gladly giving my contribution to its remembrance by revisiting the memories of my visit to Sarajevo in early 1993...
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