Sarajevo

Historic and beautiful

In May 2016, I was fortunate to work with an NGO called Project 1948. The organisation aims to effect policy change in Bosnia Herzegovina, by giving young adults (who've grown up under the long and dark shadow of the Balkans war) the means to express their views and opinions to policy makers. This happens through them being given cameras and briefed to express themselves with photography under the guidance of the organisation. While I was there I photographed the city and surrounding area a lot. This is Sarajevo and its people, it's the most wonderful city.

Unemployment is at 65%. So a lot of people have little to do with their week. They're proud and dignified, well dressed at all times.

Baščaršija (old town).

In 1984, the city hosted the Winter Olympics, it was a huge deal for the whole country. Reminders of the games are still everywhere, like the logo here in the centre of town.

But the venues are now mostly abandoned. This is the bobsled track up in the hills, the main arena in the city is now a ghostly shopping mall, where little shopping happens.

The city's surrounded by mountains on three sides, which make for the most beautiful layers at sunset. They also made the city perfect for its besieging, which lasted over three years in the conflict.

One of the larger mosques.

The non demoninational church.

During the siege, the city relied on the brewery for its water.

City hall

The pink building (left of the bridge in the middle distance) is where Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, which was one of the major triggers of world war 1.

A large chess board and pieces was donated to the city by Switzerland. These men gather daily to play.

Jusuf Abinun is a cook at the only synagogue in the city. During the siege he cooked for and fed people of all races and creeds at the synagogue. He also smuggled hundreds out of town, at huge risk of death.

Tito was the much loved leader before the former Yugoslavia broke up. Here his name is surrounded by bullet holes from the conflict that followed his passing.

A Muslim cemetery, all the gravestones are marked with deaths between 1992-95, the years of the siege.

Hvala Sarajevo.

Thank you for reading. More Sarajevo pictures and videos are over at Instagram.com/ghostedout #stellertravel #stellereurope #stellerexplore #stellerstories #stellerplaces

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