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2014

Sarajevo (BH)

Over the past century Sarajevo capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina where so called "West Meets East", has certainly had its fair share of headlines when it comes to conflict.

On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead in Sarajevo, by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb student. The assassination led directly to the outbreak of the First World War (1914 - 1918) in which 16 million died and 20 million were wounded, making it one of the most deadliest conflicts in human history.

Then just 20 years ago more than 10,000 people were killed during the siege of Sarajevo (during the Bosnian War) which lasted over 3 and a half years (1992 - 1995), the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare.

While the scars of the past are still healing, the opening of Making Peace in Sarajevo on 28 June 2014 (along the Miljacka River) reminds us of the futility of war, and the immense effort that is necessary to rebuild and preserve peace, not only in the Balkans but in the rest of Europe and throughout the world as well.