A woman mourns among the graves of Serb citizens of Sarajevo killed by shells and snipers during the Serb siege of the city, at Lion Cemetery, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, April 1993.

We had nothing left anymore and we asked those who needed to bury somebody to give us their wardrobes. And we got those wardrobes. The people brought the wardrobes; we brought the wardrobes and various wooden planks. And we made makeshift coffins so that we could bury the dead. In 1994 we paid the black marketers 30 marks for a liter of gas. We had to buy it to transport the deceased from their homes to the mortuary and from the mortuary to the cemetery. It was horrible, horrible. It was impossible to find gas. It was impossible to find the planks for coffins. We coped and even in such conditions I can say the burials were performed in a correct manner. No burial was performed without the presence of a priest and all burials were performed in a civilized manner. This is what we are very proud of. Let me tell you that from the beginning of the war to the end of 1994 we buried 15 thousand people in Sarajevo. That would be a three-kilometer long trench, one and a half meters deep and a meter wide. You can imagine, all of it was dug manually because the Serbs took away the machine for digging. The German machine which could dig a grave in 8 minutes while we needed 2 people digging all day. Because they were exhausted and weak.
Vlado Raguz
Director of the Funeral Services Company

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

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