Sarajevo Ljubavi Moja

A generation of reconstruction

After the end of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, vegetation took over the ruins, with something of beauty and grandeur.

Maja was born in Sarajevo, with her teenage years spent in war. She became a lawyer. A very good one. She worked for several years for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and currently works for a company whose mission is the fight against corruption. Not forgetting anything, she moves forward. Maja has no children, but is very close to her niece, Aisha. On a daily basis, I have been touched by the strength of the women in this family and the special relationship that unites them.

Today, Sarajevo is alive. Maja and Aisha belong to a generation of reconstruction.

  • In 1984 Sarajevo, a multicultural city at the crossroads of Europe, hosted the Winter Olympics. Barely 8 years later, the civil war broke out.
  • In four years, the military operations and ethnic cleansing carried out by the Serbs against the population of Bosnia-Herzegovina have resulted in nearly 100,000 deaths - half of them civilian victims - and two million refugees.
  • Sarajevo was shelled and ravaged by the relentless bombardment of the Serbian army, camped on the heights of the city. More than 11,000 people, including 1,100 children, died during the siege of the city. This indiscriminate violence was intended to sow destruction and terror among the
  • The Serbs still refuse to use the word "genocide," even though it has been recognized by international justice to describe the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in July 1995 in Sebreniça by the Army of the Bosnian Serb Republic.
  • As a child, confined for months to be safe, Maja had a favorite game. There were several of them playing a funny game of tag, in the dark stairwell of the power cuts. In their imagination, they would cross the floor of snipers, Serbian barricades, and then escape the United Nations forces to find themselves free on the top floor.
  • The traces of the war are fading away more and more, but almost without official places of memory, without memorials and plaques, without leaving room for a memory of the war.
  • Milorad Dodik, President of the Bosnian Serb Republic, has recently decided to ban the teaching of events related to the siege of Sarajevo in schools.
  • Yet memory is everywhere, in the background, in the multiple traumas of a population whose children are heirs despite themselves.