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Bosnia and Herzegovina : Ethnic Tolerance, Reality or Illusion ?

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Miriam Rabkin specialises in international relations and has worked as a democratisation consultant for the OSCE in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Credit : Lene Juul-Madsen*

The old Turkish area of Sarajevo bustles with activity as merchants try to sell their ware, locals stroll for hours down the many pedestrian streets or sit in outdoor cafes. Trendy stores and boutiques remain open till late at night. The general mood is festive, the calm of the city interrupted by the traditional Muslim call for prayer and occasional church bells. Nothing, save the bullet holes on the sidewalks and buildings, indicates the war-zone that Sarajevo was, not so long ago.

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* Mostar's "Old Bridge", a symbol of tolerance and ethinc coexistence

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