Commemorations are taking place on Friday to mark the beginning of the Siege of Sarajevo and the start of the Bosnian War exactly twenty years ago.
The victims from nearly four years of war will be remembered at a concert on Friday called Sarajevo Red Line, being held in the Bosnian capital. Along one main street, more than 11,500 chairs will sit empty, representing those city residents killed during the conflict.
The war officially started on April 6 1992, the same day the European Union (then the European Community) recognised an independent Bosnian state.
A day earlier, Serb forces fired on peace demonstrators in front of the Bosnian parliament. Two female protesters were shot dead. Those shootings began a bloodbath that led to the deaths of at least 200,000 people and forced around 1.8 million to leave their homes.
“I think the victims were killed for nothing. Nothing has been achieved. Maybe someone else thinks differently but this is what I think. On all sides, everything happened for nothing,” said local resident Mira Regoje.
The Siege of Sarajevo was the longest siege of a capital city in modern history.