The UN report on the Battle and Siege of Sarajevo is a document that records the events within the city from April 5th 1992 to February 28th 1994. The document’s purpose is to shine a light and describe the consequence of the Battle of Sarajevo and its violations of human law. Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city’s name is derived from ‘Seraglio’, meaning ‘palace in the fields’ in Turkish. Sarajevo’s history dates back to Roman times with the Slavs eventually conquering the area. The cities architecture is comprised of 3 influences, which the text (UN report) describes as “the old Oriental heart of the city, the turn of the century Viennese city around it, and the contemporary high-rise apartment buildings and…show more content… An attempt to control the streets and people would thus lead to catastrophic failure. The Sarajevo Romanija Corps instead resorted to continuously bombarding the city from the surrounding hills in order to stay in control.
It is in this environment that The Cellist of Sarajevo takes place. Resources are scarce and enemy snipers gun down citizens. Within Sarajevo there lives a cellist who was famous before the war. One day as the Cellist watches people line up outside his window to buy food, a mortar shell lands in the middle of the group, killing 22 of them. The Cellist vows to play Albonini’s Adagio in the crater created from the bombing for 22 days, one day for each of the dead.
Arrow is another inhabitant of the city. She is a sniper who was recruited to protect the Cellist and defend him from enemy snipers who might gun him down. The constant barrage inspires her to use her abilities to save lives. The character of Kenan contrasts with Arrow. The bombardment has left him terrified of the city he lives in. Every four days he makes a dangerous trip across town to fetch water for his family. He also fetches water for his neighbor, an old woman who doesn’t seem to appreciate the risk he puts himself through for her. During his journey, he is angered after seeing men drive around in fancy cars while he and his family starve. These are clearly men