Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, basked in the warm sunshine, the cafés and streets full of people enjoying the traditional 1 May holiday. The city was abundant with noise and colour and the small traders in Baščaršija (the old Ottoman quarter) were doing a brisk trade. Tourism seemed to be booming, no doubt bolstered by the global attention the city was receiving during the centenary year of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie von Hohenberg, shot and killed by the Bosnian Serb, Gavrilo Princip. Of course, this snapshot of Sarajevo, tourist Sarajevo, though seductive was both superficial and misleading. Bosnia and Herzegovina remains a country dogged by political, economic, and social problems and burdened by the legacies of the brutal 1992–95 war (during which Sarajevo endured a three-and-a-half-year siege), the legacies of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement (DPA) and, more recently, economic crisis and social unrest, peaking, thus far, with the violent protests of February 2014.
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