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1992: The Siege of Sarajevo

1992: The Siege of Sarajevo
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  • Historical event:
  • 5 April 1992
  • A frightening fact is that between 1,300 and 1,500 children were killed during the siege, which lasted for 1,425 days. This day marks the death of the first two women.

On this day the siege of Sarajevo by the Army of Republika Srpska began. The siege would last for more than 44 months, more precisely 1,425 days (until 29 February 1996), and would cost perhaps over 14,000 human lives (a figure of 11,541 citizens killed was used).

A frightening fact is that between 1,300 and 1,500 children were killed during the siege. It is estimated that, during that 1,425 days of the siege, around 65,000 missiles were fired at the city, on average as many as 329 per day.

The beginning of the siege on this day was marked by the death of the first two Sarajevo’s victims. They were Suada Dilberović and Olga Sučić, and were killed by a sniper fire on Vrbanja bridge over the river Miljacka.

That bridge today bears the name “Suada and Olga bridge” in their memory.

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