Month: October 2016

Call me Ahmetović !

Bosnia and Herzegovina… This country conjures up images of war and terror, of ethnic cleansing, and of course ‘Balkanization’. I was a small child in school when the former Yugoslavia and the USSR broke apart but those images still seem relatively recent in memory! A brief history of this country since the start of 20th century is essential to get a grasp of it’s troubled state and may be summed up as follows: “Bosnia and Herzegovina annexed to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated in Sarajevo and World War I started because of this. Became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes after World War I.During World War II, it became a part of Independent State of Croatia (World War II puppet state of Germany and Italy) under Nazism and Fascism. Became part of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia after being liberated during end of World War II under leadership of Tito. After the collapse of communism in the early 1990s, war broke out. An extremely complex multi-ethnic scenario. Muslims and Serbs …