A dog naps in the afternoon light on the Sarajevo street corner where Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated 100 years ago today.
Special events in Sarajevo will commemorate the 28 June 1914 shooting, which is said to have been the spark that started World War One. There are differing opinions about the event, with some in Southeastern Europe viewing the Archduke’s assassin as a hero who liberated South Slavic people from imperial rule, while others see him as a criminal and murderer.
As my husband, Shawn, aptly wrote yesterday, with today’s events there is “the dream that the next 100 years will be peaceful. We can all only hope.”
Those words are especially poignant in a city like Sarajevo, which has been the scene of much conflict and misery in recent decades.
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