In Sarajevo, peacemakers were seen as traitors


Southern Europe

Evert van Vlastuin,

For three years, the city of Sarajevo was besieged before peace came. Also, after the Dayton Agreement in November 1995, peacemakers were not really popular. Photo: a woman knitting at the ruins of Sarajevo just before the peace deal. Photo AFP, Odd Andersen

Blessed are the peacemakers, Jesus says. But the Gospel does not promise a peaceful life for them. On the contrary, say peacemakers in Bosnia. They have sometimes been treated as traitors