Wednesday, October 17, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (October 17,2007) – Representatives of cantonal, city and municipal authorities and members of the Bosnian war veteran associations visited the Sarajevo War Tunnel yesterday, as a part of the “Sarajevo Defenders’ Days” manifestation.

The object known as the “tunnel of salvation” was constructed during the Serbian,Montenegrin and Croatian aggressions against Bosnia in 1993 under the Sarajevo Airport runaway. It had been the only communication between the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and the free territory at the time.

Mayor of Sarajevo Semiha Borovac emphasized the importance of construction of this object. She recalled the courage and dedication of the people who defended the city.

She announced that the tunnel will be reconstructed and turned into a monument symbolizing the city’s resistance. It will be a testimony of 1.400 days of siege of Sarajevo.

The idea of the tunnel was born in August 1992 and had been realized in the period from January 1992 to late July 1993.

The tunnel, 800 meters long, connected the two settlements of Sarajevo – Dobrinja and Butmir. The tunnel had enabled distribution of food and other necessities for the Bosnian citizens and the Bosnian Army.

Some estimates show that about 1,2 million people passed through the tunnel. The city had been supplied with electricity through the cables passing through the tunnel.

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