Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
A Bridge over Troubled WatersIn 1992 the Bosnian town of Mostar, until then a peaceful mix of Muslims, Serbs and Croats, self-imploded; a microcosm of all that went wrong in the former Yugoslavia. Neighbours who had fought a common enemy turned on each other. The pointlessness was summed up by one act: the destruction of Stari Most – Mostar’s old bridge which had stood for over 500 years was destroyed by Bosnian Croat shells.
However, in a true symbol of reunification it was rebuilt in 2004 to the original specifications – literally reaching across the cultural divide.