35 Comments

  1. Louise Bosman Knutsson Eg
    April 1, 2018 @ 10:12 am

    This was super interesting to read and learn more about the Tunnel of Hope. I really want to go and see the museum one day. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! 🙂

    • Jyoti
      April 1, 2018 @ 11:04 am

      You’re welcome Louise! It is a hidden gem, off the grid.

  2. K N Kothari
    April 2, 2018 @ 2:26 am

    This is small but enough to think of the conditions of the people at that time, the human grits and determination. Though it is history but a great story to inspire the whole world that with determination, nothing is impossible. Gives s very good understanding of the history through your visit and describe.

    • Jyoti
      April 2, 2018 @ 6:29 am

      You’re so right! It’s story of determination and true human grit.
      Thanks for such a thoughtful comment.

  3. Heraa
    April 2, 2018 @ 4:15 am

    I love going to these kind of places. They tell a lot about the history and suffering of people. That was an excellent description of the place Tunnel of Hope.

    • Jyoti
      April 2, 2018 @ 6:31 am

      Hi Heraa, I glad you like it. 😊
      There are so many signs of the gory history of Balkans but this was unique in showing how the human spirit can prevail.

  4. Maggie
    April 4, 2018 @ 3:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I had no idea of the hardships that were going on at that time.

    • Jyoti
      April 4, 2018 @ 4:47 pm

      Sure Maggie. It’s awesome of the family to preserve this site and share with the world.

    • Jyoti
      April 7, 2018 @ 5:08 pm

      You’re welcome Maggie! I had no idea of the hardships before visiting and talking with people there. That’s where travel can be great education.

  5. Sage Scott
    April 5, 2018 @ 5:34 am

    While I recall the horrors of war that descended on Sarajevo, I had no idea about this tunnel. Thank you for sharing this!

  6. Debbie Graham
    April 7, 2018 @ 3:11 pm

    I am amazed! Thank you for sharing this story and thank you Bajro Kolar and family!
    Humanitarian efforts should NOT go unnoticed. I have notated this for a future visit.

    • Jyoti
      April 7, 2018 @ 5:06 pm

      Hi Debbie, I couldn’t have said it any better. Let’s spread the word for regular people’s dedication and good work.

  7. julz
    April 7, 2018 @ 10:07 pm

    what an amazing piece of history. Thank you so much for sharing – I remember the war and all the atrocities – but I don’t know enough about it – I was still in high school at the time – it is strange how sometimes you know more about a more distant past than something closer to you. What I do remember is thinking why does history always repeat itself… you made me want to read up more about this time. Time to find some good books.

  8. Michelle
    April 8, 2018 @ 12:58 am

    This is an incredible story! Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention, I wasn’t aware of it before. I would love to visit this place one day 🙂

  9. Eva
    April 8, 2018 @ 2:02 am

    As usual, thank you for sharing another amazing article. Love all the pictures! Keep up the good work 🙂

  10. Alice
    April 8, 2018 @ 8:44 am

    Wao, this place as such an amazing story. I didn’t know about it. The images are also very strong!

  11. AMBER
    April 8, 2018 @ 9:25 am

    Sarajevo has such a history and I would love to experience it myself. I always remember the Torvill and Dean routine at the Olympics there!

  12. Katie
    April 8, 2018 @ 9:55 am

    A really interesting read about a fascinating history. I bet it was a rather humbling experience. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Tif
    April 8, 2018 @ 12:02 pm

    Wow this is such great Info!! I had gone to Mostar and had learnt that history but besides that didn’t really get much info on the rest of the country so this was awesome! So terrify and sad wht has happened- and also sad no one preserved the history!

    • Jyoti
      April 8, 2018 @ 6:57 pm

      Hi Tif

      You’re right Mostar has a painful history too with an ethnic war Muslims, Catholics, and Orthodox. I touched on it in https://storyateverycorner.com/mostar/. We also heard similarly painful stories from Dubrovnik and lake Plithvika in Croatia and Kosovo. They are different facets of the same civil war.
      Dubrovnik has recovered very well and I’m very hopeful for Kosovo.

  14. Alex Trembath
    April 8, 2018 @ 5:59 pm

    When exploring histories of war it’s always uplifting to hear about the stories of human perseverance and determination. This was one of the worst conflicts to happen in my lifetime but I know quite little about the details. Thank you for sharing this – I am yet to visit this part of south-east Europe but I want to go soon, and after reading this I will be looking to explore and learn more for sure. Great write-up.

    • Jyoti
      April 8, 2018 @ 7:02 pm

      Hi Alex, you’re so right in that it’s hard, yet its but uplifting to find stories of survival and of human perseverance and determination. There are many such stories in the Balkans. We had amazing local guides in Kosovo and Croatia (other countries that were also highly impacted) that told their stories through their personal life experiences.

  15. Nicole
    April 8, 2018 @ 7:22 pm

    What an impactful story and it truly has heart. Even in war torn areas, the people bring magic and inspiration.

    • Jyoti
      April 8, 2018 @ 7:42 pm

      So well said Nicole!

  16. Varsha
    April 9, 2018 @ 1:47 am

    Nice informative article. I like to visit such historic sites and to know the story behind it. You have illustrated it very nicely.

  17. Moimehr
    April 9, 2018 @ 2:07 am

    A perfect combination of travel and history. Loved this post. Got to know about something I never knew. Sarajevo and tunnel of hope kindles desire in me to know more about this place.

  18. Celia
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:07 am

    Thank you for sharing this incredible story. A testament to the bravery and courage of the men and women who were forced to endure this horrible time. It’s great they finally decided to preserve this piece of history. Better late than never!

  19. Supriya Bhardwaj
    April 10, 2018 @ 12:14 am

    Great article. The places from great history always appeals me. The story of digging the tunnel reminds me the story of mountain man of India who cut the huge mountain into a road linking the city and that was also with basic tools and all alone. It took 22 years to complete. You may know about this, a film ‘Maanjhi’ was based on this story. Thanks for sharing story from history.

    • Jyoti
      April 10, 2018 @ 6:13 am

      Thanks Supriya.
      I saw the movie a few years ago and still remember it clearly. What an amazing man to dig for much of his life so others in his village can have a better life.

  20. Renata Green
    April 10, 2018 @ 1:11 pm

    This is an incredible story. I appreciated it a lot that you are touching a terrible topic like this and don’t write how awesome the landscape is and how yummy the food. Between all these hyper-touristy articles I love to find a hidden gem like this dealing with deeper and more serious topics.
    Bosnia had to go through a lot. I would like to visit the former Yugoslavian states and see how they are now.

  21. Linda
    April 11, 2018 @ 12:25 am

    This was such a powerful piece, and I’m so happy to learn something new! The human spirit and capacity for ingenuity certainly are some of the strongest things in the world.

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