Twenty years after the war began, Bosnia’s future still uncertain

April 6, 2012

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(AP/Amel Emric)
More than 11,500 red chairs along a main street in Sarajevo mark the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian war.

Twenty years ago today, shots were fired on peaceful protesters in Sarajevo, igniting Bosnia’s brutal three-and-a-half-year war. Today, there is peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina but hardly stability. The country’s three main ethnicities – Catholic Croats, Muslim Bosniaks and Orthodox Serbs – remain as divided as ever. These differences left the the country without a government for nearly all of 2011, and the unemployment rate is hovering above 40 percent. Velma Sarić, founder and executive director of the Post-Conflict Research Center, joins Worldview from Sarajevo to discuss Bosnia's uncertain future.