Sarajevo residents salvage the remains of trees that
have been cut down for use as fuel for cooking and heating during
the Serb siege of the city, December 1992. During the first winter
of the siege most of Sarajevo's parks and tree-lined boulevards were
cut down by desperate citizens.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SARAJEVO'S PARKS
You know, that was one decision for which I was much criticized: why
did I allow the parks of Sarajevo to disappear? And around the 10th
of September I gave a statement in which I said that I thought it
was much more important to have that wood, which at that moment was
used to make food, and which would be used later for heating during
those long Sarajevan winters. I felt that one human life was worth
more than all that greenery, than those trees of ours.
Mayor of Sarajevo
Excerpt From: Sarajevo survivor testimonies from
OPSADA (The Siege) by FAMA International