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.
BREAD LINE MASSACRE
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.
Excerpt From: Sarajevo survivor testimonies from
OPSADA (The Siege) by FAMA International