"Vukovar 12 Years After" Top 5 Page for this destination Vukovar by Nykaenen

Vukovar Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 100 photos

I was in Vukovar on Oct 18, 2003.
Twelve years after, big part of the city is still in ruins
to which it was reduced in 1991 after several months of siege
and day-in day-out shelling by as many as 5.000 shells on worst days.
It took four months to completely destroy
the city of 50.000 inhabitants - 12 years have not been even close enough
to repair the damage.

Not all damage can be repaired, especially the one in people's hearts.
Not all damage is meant to be repaired - this water tower will stay as a reminder
to those who destroyed it as well as to the whole world
that Vukovar must never happen again, not here not anywhere in the world!

Everything else is to be repaired, reconstructed or built anew.
But it takes money.
Money that this country does not have.

During Serbian agression on Vukovar in 1991, according to data from Vukovar General Hospital, 1624 people were killed and about 22.000 Croats and members of other ethnic groups were forced to leave the city. 261 person was taken away from Vukovar hospital, among them wounded soldiers and civilians; 200 of them were slaughtered in Ovcara. Where others were killed and burried is still not known. Several thousand of Vukovars were taken to Serbian concentration camps.
(translated from Slobodna Dalmacija, Croatian daily newspaper)

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  • AUSSIECRO's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Iwent to VUKOVAR on the 15th anniversary ,how depressing would be living in those apatments, its bad enough living in apartments ,,

  • Dec 31, 2005 at 1:15 PM

    Hey there..I think you went there after we met, huh?? I'm really wanting to see and feel this place with my own eyes. Thanks for the pics and thoughts....hmm...someone has a birthday coming up....

  • DPando's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2005 at 4:19 AM

    nice page i'll be there next october ..thanks for all !

  • Jan 7, 2005 at 5:23 AM

    never again! but when i read these strange comment here i fear that people will never learn :(

  • roza_hr's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2004 at 3:49 AM

    osli73: Serbian aggression in Vukovar is a fact. So are concentration camps. You amaze me. To have the cheek to criticize Croatian nationalism in respect to Vukovar...!

  • osli73's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2004 at 2:20 AM

    Croats have to watch out when it comes to NATIONALISM and using words like "Serbian aggression" and "concentration camps" makes you sound like Tudjman and HDZ. Croatia belongs in the EU, but not if it can't face its own crimes first.

  • Nykaenen's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2004 at 3:32 PM

    You're welcome to pesent your truth to Carla del Ponte and the International Crime Tribunal in The Hague.

  • Prasnjavi's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2004 at 11:02 AM

    Serbian agression on the city with 65% Serbian population in it. Funny, isn't it? One day, Serb will make agression on Belgrade too. Thanks for remining us sister.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2004 at 1:07 AM

    Terrible. That might happen anywhere. Never again, anywhere. Thank you for reminding us.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2004 at 11:10 AM

    thank you Zdenka. What amazing spirit people have that they go on crying, laughing, living, after this. Peace.


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