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The ride through the countryside was quite amazing If you did not know you would swear you were driving down a back road in Pennsylvania The only visible difference were signs written in Cyrillic for little shops along the road As the contours of Sarajevo came into focus you could not miss the gaping rubble-filled holes that were once buildings I was not ready for the scenes of destruction that I was about to witness I have hiked the hollow fields of Gettysburgh read stories of the war in Vietnam listened to stories from friends and colleagues that had served in Panama and Somalia and watched the 100 Hour War on CNN Who really witnesses the effect and the price a city pays years after the bombs stop falling As you walk around the once beautiful city five years after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords ended the war the physical damage cannot be ignored On April 5 1992 Sarajevo the capital of the Republic of Bosnia- Herzegovina was attacked The city lies in the valley of the Miljacka River and is surrounded by mountains The 260 tanks and many other weapons placed on these mountains could destroy the city On May 2 1992 Serbs completely blockaded the city The parts of the city that could not be occupied by the Serbs were exposed to a barrage of 2 shelling and artillery fire Everyday the city was hit by some 4000 shells Targets included hospitals schools mosques churches synagogues libraries and museums As you cross the last crest coming into the city the first image you see is the Unis Skyscrapers These two skyscrapers are of equal height and were built to symbolize the brotherhood and unity of Sarajevo Before the war citizens called the buildings by the names of two famous characters from Sarajevo jokes Momo and Uzeir The names are of different national origin to show the multi-ethnic background
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