Sarajevo siege virtual museum launched in Bosnia
Saturday 18 December 2010
A virtual museum dedicated to the 44-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo during the 1992-1995 war, when thousands of people died, was launched on the Internet on Thursday.
The project "Sarajevo Survival Tools" at http://h.etf.unsa.ba/srp, created in cooperation with the Historic Museum in the capital, presents objects created and used by citizens of Sarajevo during the 3.5-year-long siege.
One of the authors of the project, Selma Rizvic, said it would enable Internet users to "learn about the life in Sarajevo under the siege," Fena news agency reported.
It also showed the "extraordinary creativity of its citizens, who succeeded in surviving and defending their town in terrible conditions with lack of food, water, electricity and heating, under the permanent danger," the website said.
The project was created by computer sciences students of the Sarajevo University.
About 10,000 civilians, among them 1,500 children, were killed during the siege, the longest in Europe since the World War II.
The UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced former Bosnian Serb generals, Stanislav Galic and Dragomir Milosevic, whose troops had blocked the Bosnian capital, to life imprisonment and 29 years in jail respectively for their involvement.
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