© 2021 Derek Hudson

Children of Sarajevo

Bang-Bang play
Infants hospital care
Evacuation to safety day
Infant on life support
Children's hospital
Searching for a heartbeat
War game play with RPG
Kids war play
Orphanage tantrum
Disturbed teenage orphan
Sarajevo morgue I
Stretcher
Sarajevo morgue III
Cemetery burial
Gravegigger cigarette break
Grave digging
Sarajevo cemetery
War wounded, Sarajevo hospital
Winter grave digging II
Boy smoker, Hilton hotel
Street skiing, Sarajevo
Teenager war games
Teenagers playing war games
Snow children
Piano lesson under Tito's gaze
Hospitalised baby girl
Washing day
Street scene, Sarajevo
Protheses clinic
First day protheses trial
Teenage glue sniffers
Cross country skier
Snowball fight
Razor blade swallower
Befriending a UN peacekeeper
Poker for cigarettes
Teenage war games
Sniper alley barricade
War playtime
Lost in thought, Dobrinja
Doll play, Sarajevo
A mother grieves her dead child
Elderly and children evacuation evacuation
Last goodbye before evacuation
Sizing up protheses
Father and daughter at evacuation centre
Orphan girl
Faded school mural

Children of Sarajevo

During the Bosnian civil war I assigned myself to produce an essay on how the children of Sarajevo were coping amidst the civil war raging around them. While their resilience was remarkable many of them, especially those who were orphaned or had lost a parent, suffered the most. Inadequate resources and staff to care for them in either hospitals or institutions were woefully apparent. Others like the group of young boys from as young as seven to teenagers emulated their fathers by playing war games that I found frighteningly convincing as if they had watched too many movies though they had the real thing on their doorstep. More fortunate children seemed to manage to carry on with their lives as if oblivious to the dangers and daily fear of being sniped at or shelled from as little as a few hundred meters away.

This set of images attempts to show some of the situations they found themselves in and their way of coping as best they could.

© Derek Hudson 2020

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