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Bosnia and Herzegovina During The Bosnian War [18+]

  • On her way home in afternoon on Thursday, April 8, 1993 in Sarajevo
  • Participants in the Miss Besieged Sarajevo 93 beauty pageant
  • People look at bodies of Serb civilians allegedly killed in a Croatian Army commando raid
  • Refugees from the overrun UN safe haven enclave of Srebrenica
  • Rockets explode on Sarajevo downtown center, closed to the Cathedral, on June 5, 1992
  • Serb police officer Goran Jelisic, shooting a victim in Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Seven-year-old Nermin Divovic lies mortally wounded in a pool of blood
  • Smoke and flames rise from houses set on fire by heavy fighting between Bosnian Serbs and Muslims in the village of Ljuta
  • Smoke rises from an ammunition depot in Bosnian Serb stronghold of Pale
  • The Momo and Uzeir twin towers burn on Sniper Alley in downtown Sarajevo
  • This after photo shows a man carrying a box over the same bridge now repaired
  • This after photo shows a woman passes through the same square
  • This after photo shows cars pass by the renovated towers
  • This after photo shows people walking along the same road in the Kovacici district in Sarajevo
  • This before photo shows a Bosnian teenager carrying containers of water in front of destroyed trams
  • This before photo shows a disused tank standing at a crossroad in front of a ruined building in the Kovacici district
  • This before photo shows a man carrying a bag of firewood across a destroyed bridge
  • This before photo shows a United Nations peacekeeper stands at the construction site of a shelter
  • Two Bosnian Croat soldiers pass by the corpse of a Bosnian Serb soldier
  • Two prisoners sit on the ground during a visit of journalists and members of the Red Cross
  • Zoran Laketa poses for a picture in front of a building destroyed during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia
  • 122mm heavy artillery of the Bosnian government
  • 11541 red chairs line Titova street in Sarajevo as the city marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian war
  • A Bosnian man cradles his child as they and others run past one of the worst spots for snipers that pedestrians have to pass in Sarajevo
  • A Bosnian muslim man gestures as he mourns among caskets at Potocari Memorial Cemetery
  • A Bosnian Muslim woman cries on the coffin of a relative during a mass funeral for victims
  • A Bosnian Muslim woman sitting under pictures of victims of the genocide
  • A Bosnian special forces soldier returns fire in downtown Sarajevo as he and civilians come under fire from Serbian snipers, on April 6, 1992
  • A child puts flowers on some of the child-sized chairs
  • A fathers hands press against the window of a bus carrying his tearful son and wife to safety from the besieged city of Sarajevo
  • A former sniper position on the slopes of mount Trebevic gives a view of Bosnian capital Sarajevo, seen on April 2, 2012
  • A French UN soldier sets up barbed wire in one of the UN compounds in Sarajevo
  • A man takes cover behind a truck while looking at the body of Rahmo Seremet
  • A Muslim militiaman looks for snipers during a battle with the Yugoslav federal army in Central Sarajevo on Saturday, May 2, 1992
  • A Serbian soldier beats a captured Muslim militiaman during an interrogation
  • A Serbian soldier takes cover by a burning house in the village of Gorica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on October 12, 1992
  • A top sniper, codenamed Arrow, loads her gun in a safe room in Sarajevo
  • A US F14 tomcat fighter takes off on a patrol over Bosnia
  • A war-damaged house is seen in an abandoned village by the main road near the town of Derventa
  • A woman mourns over the grave of a dead relative in the early morning, on January 17, 1993
  • A young Muslim girl walks past a stone memorial bearing the names of victims
  • An elderly woman leaves a flower on some of 11,451 empty chairs on the main street of Sarajevo
  • Bloodstains cover the wreckage of patients rooms at Sarajevos Kosevo Hospital
  • Bosnian Croat soldiers taken as prisoners pass a Bosnian Serb soldier
  • Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (right) and General Ratko Mladic speak to reporters on November 4, 1992
  • Children look up at fighter jets enforcing the no-fly-zone over Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, on May 12, 1993
  • Dead and wounded people lie scattered outside Sarajevos indoor market
  • During the Bosnian War, cellist Vedran Smailovic plays Strauss inside the bombed-out National Library in Sarajevo, on September 12, 1992
  • Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic stands in the courtroom during his initial appearance at war crimes tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands
  • French troops of the United Nations patrol in front of the destroyed mosque of Ahinici, near Vitez, northwest of Sarajevo, on April 27, 1993

The Bosnian War was the bloodiest conflict in Europe since the end of World War II. The war took place between April 6, 1992 and December 14, 1995. The main belligerents were the forces of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and those of the self-proclaimed Bosnian Serb and Bosnian Croat entities within Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska and Herzeg-Bosnia, who were led and supplied by Serbia and Croatia respectively. As a result of the war (and primarily as a result of ethnic cleansing), around 100,000 people were killed. All parties to the conflict have committed numerous ethnic cleansing, robberies and rapes. It is estimated that 20,000 to 50,000 women, the majority of whom were Bosniak, were raped, and over 2.2 million people became refugees. In 1995, UN air strikes and sanctions helped bring all parties to a peace agreement. Learn more about the Bosnian War here.

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1. During the Bosnian War, cellist Vedran Smailovic plays Strauss inside the bombed-out National Library in Sarajevo, on September 12, 1992.

During the Bosnian War, cellist Vedran Smailovic plays Strauss inside the bombed-out National Library in Sarajevo, on September 12, 1992

2. A former sniper position on the slopes of mount Trebevic gives a view of Bosnian capital Sarajevo, seen on April 2, 2012.

A former sniper position on the slopes of mount Trebevic gives a view of Bosnian capital Sarajevo, seen on April 2, 2012

3. A Bosnian special forces soldier returns fire in downtown Sarajevo as he and civilians come under fire from Serbian snipers, on April 6, 1992. The Serbs were shooting from the roof of a hotel at a peace demonstration of some of 30,000 people as fighting between Bosnian and Serb fighters escalated in the capital of Bosnia-Hercegovina.

A Bosnian special forces soldier returns fire in downtown Sarajevo as he and civilians come under fire from Serbian snipers, on April 6, 1992

4. Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić (right) and General Ratko Mladić speak to reporters on November 4, 1992.

Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (right) and General Ratko Mladic speak to reporters on November 4, 1992

5. A Serbian soldier takes cover by a burning house in the village of Gorica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on October 12, 1992.

A Serbian soldier takes cover by a burning house in the village of Gorica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on October 12, 1992

6. Smoke and flames rise from houses set on fire by heavy fighting between Bosnian Serbs and Muslims in the village of Ljuta on Mount Igman some 40km southwest from the besieged Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, on July 22, 1993.

Smoke and flames rise from houses set on fire by heavy fighting between Bosnian Serbs and Muslims in the village of Ljuta

7. On her way home in afternoon on Thursday, April 8, 1993 in Sarajevo, a Bosnian woman rushes down an empty sidewalk past war-destroyed shops in one of the worst sections of the so-called “Sniper Alley.”

On her way home in afternoon on Thursday, April 8, 1993 in Sarajevo

8. French troops of the United Nations patrol in front of the destroyed mosque of Ahinici, near Vitez, northwest of Sarajevo, on April 27, 1993. This Muslim town was destroyed during fighting between Croatian and Muslim forces in central Bosnia.

French troops of the United Nations patrol in front of the destroyed mosque of Ahinici, near Vitez, northwest of Sarajevo, on April 27, 1993

9. The “Momo” and “Uzeir” twin towers burn on Sniper Alley in downtown Sarajevo as heavy shelling and fighting raged throughout the Bosnian capital on June 08, 1992.

The Momo and Uzeir twin towers burn on Sniper Alley in downtown Sarajevo

10. A father’s hands press against the window of a bus carrying his tearful son and wife to safety from the besieged city of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War on November 10, 1992.

A fathers hands press against the window of a bus carrying his tearful son and wife to safety from the besieged city of Sarajevo

11. A Muslim militiaman looks for snipers during a battle with the Yugoslav federal army in Central Sarajevo on Saturday, May 2, 1992.

A Muslim militiaman looks for snipers during a battle with the Yugoslav federal army in Central Sarajevo on Saturday, May 2, 1992

12. Dead and wounded people lie scattered outside Sarajevo’s indoor market after a mortar shell exploded outside the entrance to the building, on August 28, 1995. An artillery shell killed at least 32 and wounded more than 40 others.

Dead and wounded people lie scattered outside Sarajevos indoor market

13. Bosnian Croat soldiers taken as prisoners pass a Bosnian Serb soldier after surrendering on the central Bosnian mountain of Vlasic. About 7,000 Croat civilians and some 700 soldiers fled to Serb-held territories under heavy Muslim attack.

Bosnian Croat soldiers taken as prisoners pass a Bosnian Serb soldier

14. A Serbian soldier beats a captured Muslim militiaman during an interrogation in the Bosnian town of Visegrad, 125 miles southwest of Belgrade, on June 8, 1992.

A Serbian soldier beats a captured Muslim militiaman during an interrogation

15. 122mm heavy artillery of the Bosnian government, in position near Sanski Most, 10 miles (15 kilometers), east of Banja Luka, opens fire at the Serb-controlled town of Prijedor, on October 13, 1995.

122mm heavy artillery of the Bosnian government

16. A woman, standing between markers of fresh graves in a Sarajevo cemetery, mourns over the grave of a dead relative in the early morning, on January 17, 1993. More people came to visit graves of friends and relatives as the dense fog protected them from sniper fire.

A woman mourns over the grave of a dead relative in the early morning, on January 17, 1993

17. Seven-year-old Nermin Divovic lies mortally wounded in a pool of blood as unidentified American and British U. N. firefighters arrive to assist after he was shot in the head in Sarajevo, November 18, 1994. The boy was shot and killed by a sniper firing from an apartment building into the Sarajevo city center, along Sarajevo’s notorious Sniper Alley. The U.N. firefighters were at his side almost immediately, but the boy died outright.

Seven-year-old Nermin Divovic lies mortally wounded in a pool of blood

18. A top sniper, codenamed “Arrow,” loads her gun in a safe room in Sarajevo, Tuesday, June 30, 1992. The 20-year old Serb who shoots for the Bosnian forces says she has lost count of the number of people she has killed, but that she finds it difficult to pull the trigger. The former journalism student says most of her targets are other snipers on the Serbian side.

A top sniper, codenamed Arrow, loads her gun in a safe room in Sarajevo

19. Rockets explode on Sarajevo downtown center, closed to the Cathedral, on June 5, 1992. Heavy shelling and fighting raged throughout the Bosnian capital overnight. Sarajevo radio said all parts of the city were hit by heavy artillery, leaving at least three people dead and 10 injured in the Muslim stronghold of Hrasnica, which faces the Southwest side of the airport.

Rockets explode on Sarajevo downtown center, closed to the Cathedral, on June 5, 1992

20. A Bosnian man cradles his child as they and others run past one of the worst spots for snipers that pedestrians have to pass in Sarajevo, on April 11, 1993.

A Bosnian man cradles his child as they and others run past one of the worst spots for snipers that pedestrians have to pass in Sarajevo

21. Participants in the Miss Besieged Sarajevo 93 beauty pageant line up on stage holding a banner reading, “Don’t Let Them Kill Us” in front of a packed audience in Sarajevo, on May 29, 1993.

Participants in the Miss Besieged Sarajevo 93 beauty pageant

22. Bloodstains cover the wreckage of patients’ rooms at Sarajevo’s Kosevo Hospital on June 16, 1995, after a shell slammed into it killing two and injuring six.

Bloodstains cover the wreckage of patients rooms at Sarajevos Kosevo Hospital

23. A man takes cover behind a truck while looking at the body of Rahmo Seremet, 54, a Sarajevo engineer working for the city, after he was shot dead by a sniper while supervising the installation of an anti-sniper barricade in central Sarajevo, on May 18, 1995.

A man takes cover behind a truck while looking at the body of Rahmo Seremet

24. Two prisoners sit on the ground during a visit of journalists and members of the Red Cross in a Serb camp in Tjernopolje, near Prijedor northwest Bosnia, on August 13, 1992.

Two prisoners sit on the ground during a visit of journalists and members of the Red Cross

25. A French U. N. soldier sets up barbed wire in one of the U. N. compounds in Sarajevo, Friday, July 21, 1995.

A French UN soldier sets up barbed wire in one of the UN compounds in Sarajevo

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