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Pionirska street massacre in Visegrad

On June 14th 1992, in Pioneer Street (Pionirska Ulica) in Visegrad, around 70 Bosniak civilians, (women, children and elderly) were locked by paramilitary serbian troops and burnt alive in a house in Visegrad. 59 were killed, at least, only 8 survived. Milan Lukic (life imprisonment) and Sredoje Lukic (27 years), were convicted for their crimes. Every year, relatives and survivors come to Visegrad for a ceremony that keeps the memory of the massacre organised by the NGO Women victims of war. Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 2013. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

15 Jun 2013

“Because I care”

A men attending the “white armband  international day”, in Prijedor, on the 31st of may 2013. On the same day in 1992, the Bosnian Serb authorities in Prijedor, a town in north western Bosnia and Herzegovina, issued a decree for all non-Serbs to mark their houses with white flags or sheets and to wear a white armband if they were to leave their houses. This was the first day of an ethnic cleansing action that resulted in executions, concentration camps, rapes and the removal of the majority of Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats from this area. Yesterday, people marched silently and peacefully in the streets of Prijedor in order to struggle against the denial of crimes committed in this area. The main slogan of the international campaign was: “jer me se tice” (Because I care). According to local media, the peaceful march was called by the mayor of Prijedor, Marko Pavic, an “ordinary gay parade”.

Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 2013. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

1 Jun 2013

Remember 3000 victims in Visegrad

“3000 roses for 3000 lives” is a commemoration to remember the Visegrad genocide of 3000 bosniak civilians, between spring and summer 1992 . Every last saturday of may, 3000 roses are symbolically thrown in the Drina river, from the old Visegrad bridge (Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic) by the relatives of the victims. Afterwards, relatives of the victims go to the Visegrad cemetery to attend a collective funeral. Since the end of the bosnian war, bodies are exhumed little by little from mass graves or from the Drina riverbanks. This year 7 victims, including two 6 years old children, were buried at the Straziste cemetery. Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 2013. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

30 May 2013

3000 roses for 3000 lives in Visegrad

Serbian representatives of “Women in black from Belgrade” express their solidarity to the commemoration “3000 roses for 3000 lives” in order to remember the Visegrad massacre of 3000 bosniak civilians, between spring and summer 1992 . Every last saturday of may, 3000 roses are symbolically thrown in the Drina river from the old Visegrad bridge. Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 2013. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

25 May 2013

Tito’s bunker

Details of the Tito’s living room and hotline, of his 6500 square meter bunker, the so called Atomska Ratna Komanda (Atomic war command). Built from 1953 to 1979 and never used, it costed almost 4.5 billions dollars. Konic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 2013. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

22 May 2013

19th of may 1993, Admira and Bosko

She was a Bosniak (Bosnian muslim) and he was a Bosnian Serb living in Sarajevo. They love each other and decided to quit their city during the 1992-1995 Sarajevo siege. On 19th May 1993, they decided to cross the Vrbanja bridge to the Serb-occupied territory of Grbavica, dreaming a new and safe life, after an agreement between the belligerents that no one would fire as the couple approached. Bosko Brkic (25) was immediately killed by a sniper while Admira Ismic (25), died 15 minutes after she was shot, hugging her lover in an everlasting embrace. They are now buried together in the Lion Cemetery (Lav groblje) of Sarajevo. A documentary “Sarajevo Romeo and Juliet” documents this story. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 2013. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

19 May 2013

People like us

Patients and doctors sing, play, enjoy together during the opening of a mental health Centre in central Bosnia, supported by the Swiss Cooperation. The aim of the project is to struggle against stigmatisation: who is the doctor ? who is the patient ? Mental health care is a very sensitive issue in Bosnia and Herzegovina especially because it is deeply related to the 1992-95 conflict and, more recently, to the deterioration of the economic situation. Kljuc, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 2012. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

15 May 2013

King Fahd mosque and surroundings

Kralj Fahd Mosque and buildings damaged during the 1992-1995 bosnian war, located in the Olympic village of Mojmilo, neighbourhood of Sarajevo. King Fahd mosque is considered the biggest mosque in the Balkans, financed by Saudi Arabia. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 2013. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

10 May 2013

Funerary iconography

What will remain of us… Funerary iconography in Bijeljina, Bratunac, Gorazde, Mokro, Rogatica, Stivor, Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2012-2013. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

12 Apr 2013

Pavle

Pavle, musician, rock singer, waiter, motorbike mechanic, Bosnia’s ex soldier he contributed to defend Sarajevo under the siege, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, february 2011. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

17 Feb 2013