Nermin Divovic - 7-year-old Muslim boy killed by Serb sniper in the besieged Sarajevo (Bosnian Genocide)
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — One day after he was shot dead on a Sarajevo street, 7-year-old Nermin Divovic lies in the city morgue, awaiting the return of his soldier-father from the front line before he can be buried.
About 100 yards from the morgue, his mother Dzenana Sokolovic lies in the hospital, unaware her son is dead.
Nermin was shot in the head Friday by a Bosnian Serb sniper as he sprinted across an exposed area of Sarajevo-s notorious “Sniper Alley.” He was among more than 1,500 children slain in the city during the 2.5 years war.
Neighbors said Nermin was a “cute and clever” child who did not want to leave his grandmother’s home, where he had been playing, and asked his mother to let him stay.
“He was crying as if he knew,” said neighbor Emira Vasijevic. “He said, ‘I don’t want to go, I don’t want to go. Let me play.’”
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