We shall Remember: Bosnian War 1992–1995

We shall Remember: Bosnian War 1992–1995


The Bosnian War (Serbo-Croatian: Rat u Bosni i Hercegovini / Рат у Босни и Херцеговини) was an international armed conflict that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. Resulted in military stalemate, causing:

  • Internal partition of Bosnia and Herzegovina according to the Dayton Accords.
  • Over 101,000 dead, mainly Bosniaks.
  • First genocide in Europe since World War II.
  • Deployment of NATO-led forces to oversee the peace agreement.
  • Establishment of the Office of the High Representative to oversee the civilian implementation of the peace agreement.

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We must also understand what life is like at the time of war. This video for the 1995 Passengers single Miss Sarajevo from the album Original Soundtracks 1 is directed by Bill Carter. It features footage from his documentary of the same name, filmed in war-torn Bosnia in 1993, and includes the capital city’s beauty contest which was held in a basement at the time to avoid attack.

Is there a time for keeping your distance?
A time to turn your eyes away?
Is there a time for keeping your head down?
For getting on with your day?
Is there a time for kohl and lipstick?
A time for curling hair?
Is there a time for high street shopping?
To find the right dress to wear?

Here she comes, oh oh
Heads turn around
Here she comes
To take her crown

Is there a time to run for cover?
A time for kiss and tell?
Is there a time for different colors?
Different names you find it hard to spell
Is there a time for first communion?
A time for East Seventeen?
Is there a time to turn to Mecca?
Is there time to be a beauty queen?

Here she come, oh oh
Beauty plays the clown
Here she comes
Surreal in her crown

Dici che il fiume
Trova la via al mare
E come il fiume
Giungerai a me
Oltre i confini
E le terre assetate
Dici che come fiume
Come fiume
L’amore giungerà
E non so più pregare
E nell’amore non so più sperare
E quell’amore non so più aspettare

for tying ribbons?
(A time) for Christmas trees?
(Is there a time) for laying tables?
And the night is set to freeze?

Martin Gallino | YouTube

Same single accompanied by David Turnley’s photographs.

This collection of photographs is a tribute to the people of Bosnia, to the nearly 100,000 people killed, and some 2.3 million refugees displaced by the war between 1992 and 1996, as well as the resilience of their human spirit. I photographed this prima ballerina of the Sarajevo Ballet, who danced in her studio, torn, by her own means to rehearse, every day, during the war, in the midst of full-scale bombing attacks, it was her way of defeating the war. This became a symbol of the resistance of many people who simply refused to be defeated by the cruelty of the most devastating war in Europe since World War II. This is also a tribute to all my fellow photographers who are risking their lives and using their photographs as well to defeat the war.


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