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Return to Sarajevo
First broadcast October 2005
Allan Little

In November 1995, the Dayton Peace Accord finally brought the Bosnian war to an end. Ten years on, BBC's Allan Little and Peter Burdin revisit those who shared their experiences with them during and just a the very end of a 1,000-day siege of Sarajevo.

Ten years ago, Allan Little and Peter Burdin produced a Sony Award-winning series about some of those who'd survived the war in Bosnia. Alan Little resided in Bosnia during the conflict, and as a result of his experiences and a great interest in the region he wrote one of the definitive books on the Balkans War - The Death Of Yugoslavia.

In this two-part series Allan and Peter give us a glimpse into the minds and thoughts of individuals who shared their experiences of the war ten years ago, and try to discover how Bosnians have managed to deal with their traumas and cope with the continuing persistence of war inflicted memories, as well as the consequences of the conflict on their country.

Part One: Return to Sarajevo

During the war Allan Little visited the Serb gun positions high on a mountain ridge above Sarajevo. Immediately it was very clear to him how easy it was to pick off targets in the streets bellow. Allan spent three years in this city at the height of the siege.

Ten years on he goes back to try to make sense of what happened there. This was a war which, from the very beginning, saw civilians as both acceptable and legitimate targets.

Allan speaks again to the people - a doctor, a musician, the head of an NGO for people dealing with disabilities - of a country, which shortly after gaining its independence was embroiled in one of the bloodiest conflicts in the 20th century.


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