A morgue attendant adjusts a sheet covering the body of a man, one of several victims killed by a Serb artillery shell during the Bosnian Serb siege of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, summer 1992. Almost 2,000 children, and over 10,000 people in total were killed in Sarajevo during the 3-1/2 year siege.

I saw one of our Bosnia and Herzegovina TV crews with Cakan Dzevad Colakovic´, Pupa Stijarcic´, our friends, who seemed to be going to Svjetlost Park to make a completely different program from what in fact they were about to make in a minute or two. Since my mother hadn¹t come for 10 minutes I decided to go with them and see what they were up to. I don't think we'd gone more than 5 or 6 paces when it came without whistling, they say you don¹t hear the whistle of the shell that¹s for you. That was probably the shell that was for all of us·..Then a silence, then chaos. Screaming, cries, hell, horror, panic, death, everything most terrible. Of course the TV crew reacted immediately, Dzevad took the camera and began filming. Just one little jump in time forwards. After that filming Dzevad Colakovic´ has never been the same person. Why did that little jump forward happen? While he worked I saw a man becoming completely deformed. Almost physically. He went on; other members of the crew helped to collect those almost disintegrated bodies. We got people that we could still help into any kind of transport to get them somewhere they could be treated·· But the terrible feeling is left that any one of us might have been there, or some other place a little before or would be years later. That we simply had no control over our paths and what might cross or tear them apart, like happened to those people in Ferhadija 27 May 1992.
Benjamin Filipovic'
Film Director

Excerpt From: Sarajevo survivor testimonies from OPSADA (The Siege) by FAMA International

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