Sarajevo Symphony cellist Vedran Smajlovic plays Tommaso
Albinoni's 'Adagio' for victims of the Serb siege of the city, Lion
Cemetery, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September 1992.
EIGHT PEOPLE ARE KILLED AT A FUNERAL
The massacre on Budakovici took place 15 June 1993. Twelve people
were killed, a lot wounded. It was one of a whole series of massacres
that happened at funerals, and in the war there were 10 thousand funerals.
A similar massacre took place at the Lav (Lion) graveyard when in
two attacks 17 people were killed and once 4 men were killed and over
70 wounded. Two massacres like that took place on the Turbe graveyard
on Bistrik. Two men were killed in one and one in the other. This
shows that the funerals were deliberately targeted and that the enemy
was trying to revenge himself on the town and the people who were
burying their loved ones. I'm sorry to say our imams had to take refuge
sometimes even had to jump into the grave, or hide behind the dead
so that they could finish the prayers and the funeral rites. For that
reason we tried to have as few people as possible attending funerals
so there would be fewer victims then we went ever farther and held
the funerals at night so that fewer people would be in danger.
Head of the Religious and Educational Service of the Islamic Community
Excerpt From: Sarajevo survivor testimonies from
OPSADA (The Siege) by FAMA International