Beacon of light for Bosnia

Beacon of light for Bosnia

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Beacon of light for Bosnia

Flares and fireworks lit up the Sarajevo sky as thousands of inhabitants flocked to the city's streets to celebrate deep into the early hours of Wednesday morning in recognition of Bosnia's successful World Cup campaign. 

The scenes of utter joy provided a stark contrast to the brutal 1992-95 siege of the Bosnian capital, which produced some of the most harrowing images of a conflict that claimed the lives of around 100,000 people in a former Yugoslav republic that remains hostage to nationalist and political interests. 

Finally, it was an opportunity to release an outpouring of elation for Bosnians, who reached their first major soccer tournament as an independent nation when Tuesday's 1-0 win in Lithuania booked their ticket to next year's finals in Brazil. Donning national team shirts and wrapped in flags and scarves, Sarajevo inhabitants and those who poured into the city from other parts of the country celebrated the historic success as a seemingly endless motorcade blocked streets once littered with victims of snipers and mortar shells. 

"This is a lesson to everyone in Bosnia what can be achieved with hard work, persistence and talent," Austrian diplomat and High Representative of Bosnia Valentin Inzko told FACE TV.

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