The Sarajevo Tunnel

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A lifeline for the city

Sarajevo was held under siege for 4 years, with Serbs surrounding the city in the mountains.  The airport runway & a small track of land leading down to Croatia was the only non Serb held land. The UN protected the runway for humanitarian purposes, people attempting to cross were frequently killed by snipers & the airport frequently closed.  The people of the city were largely without foodstuffs, electricity, fuel or arms.  

With courage, devotion & exceptional ingenuity a tunnel was dug under the runway which provided a lifeline for the city.  It enabled hundreds of thousands of inhabitants to survive 1000 days total blockade & Sarajevo to remain a free city.

In bad weather & with a lack of tools & under permanent shelling the work was performed in top secrecy.  On 30 July 1993 at 21.00 two diggers from opposite directions, offered a hand to each other, the hand of hope, the hand of victory.  It symbolised the resistance of unarmed people to one of the most powerful armies in Europe.

We paid a taxi to lead us to the tunnel museum as it is not easy to find (that was the idea!)

Wish for Peace

Built under the house of the Kolar family who still run the museum (it was only 12 years ago)


.....and narrow

Little rail tracks helped ferry goods and people through

The best and the worst times for this sad city

So many died trying to protect their city

Many were killed by snipers as they entered or left the tunnel