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The Cellist of Sarajevo

The Cellist of Sarajevo | Sarajevo | Scoop.it
A spare and haunting, wise and beautiful novel about the endurance of the human spirit and the subtle ways individuals reclaim their huma...
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The whole book revolves around four people: a young father, a bakery worker, a woman sniper and the cellist. All of them are in the search of hope to find peace in the city destroyed by war. The cellist plays his cello at the site of mortar attack where twenty- two people died while waiting to buy bread. The woman sniper who calls herself arrow has lost so much after the war has started. She takes the charge of protecting the cellist till he achieves his aim. On the other hand, there are two people who think that humanity doesn't exists. Kenan, who has to travel through dangerous intersections is afraid to be shot, but, he has to fetch water for his family and neighbor. He come across dead people and internally imagines himself to be in their position. Whenever he goes out to get water he is not sure whether he will return home or not, but, leaves home with the hope to return. Dragan also afraid to die has to go work in bakery and get bread for his apartment people. Dragan considers himself a coward as he unable to do anything when he sees people being killed by bullet or by shells. One of his friends named Emina gets shot on her arm but he is unable to help her as he is afraid to be hurt. All of them remember what their city used to be like before the war and hopes to get back what has been destroyed. In the conclusion, the cellist successfully completes his twenty-two days of playing his cello in the memory of the people who died, Arrow quits fighting, Dragan no longer afraid death and lastly, Kenan continues his job and hopes for better days to come. The book is the mixture of music, hope, fate, and humanity, which gives the whole meaning of person’s psychology under such severe conditions of war.

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Sarajevo siege photo stirs distant, dark memories.

Sarajevo siege photo stirs distant, dark memories. | Sarajevo | Scoop.it
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The article is about the siege of Sarajevo. It includes a person named Vladimir, who was 17 years old when the war began. His life was turned upside down and he joined the army. He expresses his dreadful experience of war and suffering. All this came to light when a photographer who took Vladimir’s photograph 20 years ago posts it for the multimedia project on 20th anniversary of the siege. When Vladimir was asked by one of his friend to check out the web page, he was shocked on seeing the photograph. He told that all his frightening memories came up as a thunder. The memories of starvation, the shortage of woods, the suffering from cold and scarcity of water. There was never electricity to heat water and people had to go through dangerous intersections to fetch water. There was only one thing to eat and that was rice. Many times people died from severe cold. The worst thing is that the soldiers on the hills shot anything that moved. They did not spare anyone, they killed children, women, men, old people and they did not even let cats live. On the other hand, the photographer shared his experience when he reached Sarajevo. He told that everything was dreadful. Unlike other countries that had war, Sarajevo was a deathtrap. In Syria, people found tricks to fool the snipers by hiding themselves under bed-sheets to be protected from their gunshots but nothing like that, was possible in Sarajevo. It was a huge compromise and sacrifice of the people of Sarajevo to live in such a disastrous city.

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The siege of sarajevo

The siege of sarajevo | Sarajevo | Scoop.it
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This is an amazing piece of map of Sarajevo during it's siege. The photo clearly shows that the city is surrounded by Serbian forces in all the directions. The siege of Sarajevo lasted for many years. The photo also show that the enemy snipers had a chance to hide themselves on the hills and attack the civilians from above.   

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Human Rights House Network » HRHN

Human Rights House Network » HRHN | Sarajevo | Scoop.it
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HRH is a working community of human rights organization. They join activities by bringing all the human rights groups together in one place. They work hard in making this organization successful and protecting the security of human rights defenders. HRHN believes that they stand stronger not only in national level but also in international level. Their aim is to protect, support and strengthen all human right organizations locally and unite them to the international arena. HRH has contributed in providing much practical and needed support to each and every individual who is suffering. Many organizations say that HRHN provide the required time, support and knowledge about the advancement in improving quality of life and protecting human rights. HRHN has four strategic programs: Building networks and institution, Strengthening capacity and sharing knowledge, Advocacy and raising awareness and Fund raising and strategy. All the strategies help HRHN to fulfill their aim and make them more easily available for the organizations who fight for the same cause. The main four regions that has top priority are: Western Balkans, Caucasus and Eastern Europe, East and horn of Africa and Western Europe. The secretary of this organization has aim to help the organizations who fight for human rights and wish to establish new houses for human rights organization. There are always meetings held to discuss the current human rights issues around the world and plan to work for it. At the end of each year, they submit the annual reports about the successful progress that was made that year. Right now they are working on three different projects. One of them is International law in advocacy. HRHN has made many things possible for the small organizations as they have less power to be heard by the world. They really do a good job.

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sarajevo map -

sarajevo map - | Sarajevo | Scoop.it
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Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with an estimated population of 291,422 within administrative borders and 369,534 within the settlement. It is surrounded by countries like Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro.  Before the war, Sarajevo was a part of Yugoslavia but, later it became a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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BBC - War In Mostar Bosnia - YouTube

A BBC documentary on the Bosnian war in Mostar during 1992 to 1995. The city was attacked (shelled) for over 3 years by Croatian HVO forces and this document...
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The documentary about the war in Mostar Bosnia shares some breath taking incidents, which blows away people's mind. The video showed the bridge, the only pathway to the east Bosnia. In order to cross the bridge, the civilians had to run to be saved from the gunpoint of the men on the hills. That bridge was attacked by the snipers on the hills, but it still stands. Many Muslim people were evacuated from their homes and had to leave their possessions. The main agenda of Bosnian people was to fight or get killed. The old people who lacked strength to fight were suffering and waiting for death. Many girls were raped and killed. There was only one place in the whole Bosnia where the civilians could buy soup and other things to eat. This place was called black market. The other target for the enemy sniper was the hospital. Everyday people were brought injured or even dead, and the doctors had to perform five major surgeries in a day.The doctors at the hospital worked very hard to save the civilian's life. The civilians had to go through so much hardship, but they never gave up. When asked to the soldiers about the war, they replied that its like a jungle rule in which you had to kill to survive. In one incident, a lady went to the riverbank to wash her family’s clothes, but she was shot dead. Many families lost their near ones. Many soldiers were not trained, in fact they had a different occupation before the war but, due to circumstance they had to join the military without training and without the general knowledge of war. In the end, Bosnian people hope to see their city free of the enemy snipers and hope to live a normal, thus a happy life in the future.


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He survived a city's snipers. It took a book to wound the Cellist of Sarajevo.

He survived a city's snipers. It took a book to wound the Cellist of Sarajevo. | Sarajevo | Scoop.it
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The article is about the person named Vedran Smailovic, who is a musical artist from Sarajevo. He used to live in Sarajevo during the siege. Now he lives in Northern Ireland. He was informed by one of his friends about the book whose story relates to his real life incident. As soon as he got to know about the book “The Cellist of Sarajevo” written by Steven Galloway. He became angry and protested about it, as he felt that the book violated his right to privacy. Vedran also pointed out two things from the book which were not true. Firstly, the book said that the cellist played his cello for twenty two days to honor those twenty two people who died from a shell while waiting to buy bread but, in reality Vedran used to play his cello everyday and not just for twenty two days. Secondly, the book stated that the cellist used to come out at four o’clock every day but, the reality is his time varied every day because he feared that the snipers will know his time and they would be ready to kill him. Vedran Smailovic expressed his pain for Bosnian civilians. He did that, not to be famous but to really mourn about the siege in his country. He showed anger and disrespect for Steven Galloway for his actions. When Steven Galloway heard about how Vedran Smailovic felt after knowing his story was stolen and has become a source of money for the author, he felt bad. Steven tried to apologize to Vedran by saying that Vedran was his inspiration and he never tried to steal anything. Galloway also said that the character in the book was named the cellist and not vedran because he was just an art of fiction in the book. A multimedia artist suggested Steven to solve this problem by settling financial arrangements with Vedran. Later, Steven said that he interviewed twenty people and was inspired by many people. Steven also said that he got most of the information about Sarajevo from the internet. The whole article described that disputes between Steven and Vedran.

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Should women be allowed in combat?

Should women be allowed in combat? | Sarajevo | Scoop.it
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In the article, the question came up on the woman’s strength to fight alongside with men. Many objected on the physical difference between men and women. Most of the time in the combats women face the same dangers as the men face in the fights but, still women are not allowed to fight in combats. women snipers question that they get the same training as men do and they go through same consequences. Many women soldiers died by roadside bombs, small-arm tires and more. women are questioned on their physical capabilities and are considered less than men. Women are mostly assigned involuntary combat assignments in which neither they can survive nor can help their fellow men soldiers to survive. In both conditions, there are restrictions attached with women soldiers and they cannot fight the way they want to, there is always a head soldier to command them about the fight. Mostly people say that co-ed combats can disturb the discipline of the fight and can give rise to many other problems associated with men and women on the battlegrounds. The two things that are essential in the combats are concentration and mutual trust, which are not possible in co-ed assignments.

 

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The Stone Carvers

The Stone Carvers | Sarajevo | Scoop.it
Set in the first half of the twentieth century, but reaching back to Bavaria in the late nineteenth century, "The Stone Carvers" weaves t...
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After reading the book The Cellist of Sarajevo, I would really want to know more about the suvival stories of the people who had suffered through the war in their everyday life. After completing my graduation, I will definitely read this book. The title of the book itself make the reader wanna read it.     

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Steven Galloway

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Steven Galloway

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The research of my book made me more curious to know more about the author of my book. So, I thought why not research about the novelist. There were many controversies when the book first came out. The author was blamed for identity theft as well. Overall, after reading the book I really liked his writings and look forward to read all his books.

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