first published on August 7, 2019 by Will
The Bosnian War (1992-1995) will ever-be marked by ethnic cleansing with the deaths of thousands of civilians and millions more displaced.
As socialism collapsed the economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a former republic of Yugoslavia, nationalist ideals came to the forefront of simmering tensions between the three main ethnic groups, the Bosniaks (Muslims), the Serbs, and the Croats.
Bosnia proclaimed its independence in 1992, which didn’t sit well with the Serbs who wanted to stay a part of Yugoslavia. The Serbs were led by Radovan Karadzic and backed by Slobodan “The Butcher of the Balkans” Milosevic. They launched a bombardment offensive on Bosnia’s capital, Sarajevo, just two days after the European Community and the United States recognized Bosnia’s independence.
The following video gives some great insight into what the fighting looked like during that time.