Sarajevo, some of the marks of mortars that killed people during the siege have been painted red. they are called Sarajevo Roses.
Prior to my departure, I wanted to see a rose once again… this one in particular is close to the monument to the children who died on the siege. Many of them by snipers (I wonder what is a sniper thinking when pulling a trigger to kill a child), or by bombs.
On the way… right by the plaza with large chess pieces, where people play all day long ( people is an understatement… older men play all the long with watchers telling them what to do or not) … well, gardeners were pruning rose bushes, few bright red roses were blinking at me: take me, take me.
I asked if I could have one (in English and with gestures), and the gardener came and motioned wait. Carefully and tenderly, he picked the best, cut few and handed them to me. I walked few minutes, passed the children’s memorial and placed them down, and took this picture…
Sadly, I got the idea in Warsaw, where there are fresh flowers here and there where the Ghetto used to be…
- Christians, Muslims, Jews call for peace from Sarajevo (capitalfm.co.ke)
- ‘Music Is Beyond Politics’: When U2 Went to Bosnia in 1997 (theatlantic.com)
- The Sarajevo Effect (themonsterinyourhead.com)