Siege of Sarajevo remembered

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Sarajevo remembered

Many reporters have gathered in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the commemoration on 6 April of the start of the siege of the city 20 years ago.

It followed the declaration of independence by Bosnia and Herzegovina during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

The siege of Sarajevo lasted for nearly four years with Serb forces attacking the city with heavy weapons, aircraft bombs and sniper rifles.

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says the siege brought enormous suffering and misery to approximately 400,000 inhabitants of the city who were cut off from food, medicine water and electricity.

Melissa Fleming is UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva.

"It became one of the most dramatic and emblematic events of the violent breakup of the Yugoslav conflict. It left an estimated 200,000 people killed and some 2.7 million refugees and internally displaced representing the largest displacement in Europe since the Second World War. This displacement, I think, is emblematic as well because it was the displacement of a people as an objective of war not as a consequence of war."

Duration: 29"

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