Twenty years later, the world remembers Sarajevo siege

On April 5, 1992, residents of Sarajevo had little idea that the next day would be the start of a 44-month siege of their town. The Bosnian War would claim 11,541 lives, would leave millions homeless, and would represent one of the 20 century’s worst ethnic conflicts that lingers to this day.

On April 6, 2012, the town honored the dead by placing in the square a red chair for each life lost. It is a cruel irony that the international community finds itself in a similar state of indecision in Syria as it did in the early years of the Bosnian conflict.

“Some 100,000 people died and 2 million people were forced from their homes as Bosnia gave the lexicon of war the term “ethnic cleansing”. Slow-motion intervention eventually brought peace, but at the cost of ethnic segregation.

Underscoring the disunity, Bosnia’s autonomous Serb Republic ignored Friday’s solemn remembrance of the day shots fired on peace protesters in downtown Sarajevo marked the start of the war,” reports Reuters.

The Los Angeles Times marked the anniversary by looking back on what it was reporting in the early days of the siege.

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