29 October, 2020

War Memorials

War Memorials
The combination of war and the media have a way of taking obscure places and lodging them firmly in the global consciousness. Kandahar, Jalalabad, the Tora Bora mountains are all now familiar locations in the minds of people who, before September 11, would have had a hard time finding Afghanistan on a map. So it is with Sarajevo. A once cosmopolitan city and Olympic host is now associated with just one thing: bloody civil war. But that was nearly seven years ago. In parts of the city it’s easy to forget that over 500,000 artillery and mortar rounds were fired at Sarajevo’s residents. But of course it’s that evidence of past horrors that those of us who only watched the war from the comfort of our living rooms look for. And you don’t have to look very hard. The main road downtown from the airport passes high-rise apartment buildings that still have gaping holes in them where people’s homes used to be. Next door to the burnt, twisted metal of what was once a balcony, a family which was more fortunate have hung pink, lacy curtains in the windows and put flowers on their still...


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