A Depressing Day In History…

By Kiki Keane

This is going to be a depressing blog.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian War.  It is on this day, 20 years ago, that Bosnia’s independence was officially recognized by the European Union. Meanwhile, in Bosnia, war broke out. Serbs laid siege to Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capitol. The Serbs occupied 70 percent of the country and began systematically persecuting and killing Croats and Muslims in order to establish a Serb Republic. It is from this conflict that we learned the phrase “ethnic cleansing.”

Here are some stories and remembrances of the conflict:

  • The video is of Christiane Amanpour questioning Bill Clinton and his answer. She also writes about reporting the conflict. Towards the middle are two stories. The first is about Sarajevo’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and the second is a 1993 report by Amanpour about a little girl who was killed during the conflict.
  • This is Nic Robertson’s bit about what he remembers of the conflict. Actually, it’s more about his life as a producer during the conflict.
  • Here is a piece from MSNBC about today’s ceremony from Sarajevo.

Today is also the 18th anniversary of the day that Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira were killed when the plane they were on was shot down, probably by Hutu extremists. Why is this significant?  Well, it marks the start of the Rwandan genocide, in which some  800,000 mainly Tutsis Rwandans were killed by the Hutu militia in 100 days.

Here are some stories on the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide:

I’m sure there will be more on Rwanda tomorrow.

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