WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
It was June 28, 1995, when Sean Maguire and I arrived in Sarajevo for another few months of covering the conflict in the Bosnian capital.
The drive was uneventful as we left Split on the Adriatic Sea and drove overnight over Mount Igman. As always, Sean drove the car. Upon arrival in Sarajevo we went to sleep to be woken up by huge blasts. Two aircraft bombs attached to four rockets were launched from the ground from Serbian positions towards Sarajevo. One of them hit the TV station where all the local and foreign TV crews were working out of and the second an apartment block nearby.
Still half asleep we jumped into our armored Land Rover and drove in that direction, only to find another tragedy unfolding in front of our eyes. “Welcome to Sarajevo again”, I said to myself not knowing that it was going to be a very long and eventful summer. Almost every day we took pictures of one tragedy or another, as people tried to cope with life in the besieged city.
The month of August 1995 was quieter as there were fewer bombs falling on the city. People began to walk outside, feeling safe enough to visit local cafes and markets. They seemed to enjoy the feeling of life returning to something close to normality.
On the morning of August 28, 1995 Reuters photographer Danilo Kristanovic and I left for a drive in an armored car through the city looking for feature pictures in the center of town. When we arrived at our destination, we parked our Land Rover on one of the streets. The city center was full as people were sitting in cafes enjoying sunny weather while others were shopping for food at the outdoor and indoor markets. We passed by the entrance to the local market and walked towards the Cathedral, a few hundred yards away.