Bosnia is not far from any border crossing with Croatia. This one, near the Plitvice Lakes Park, led to a short visit
to the Bosnian provincial capitol of Bihac. It’s a university city with many students and a somewhat lively downtown.
But the feeling of recovery is still present especially with many bullet holes in numeous buildings and the ‘statue of peace’ (a woman holding a dove) is also pocked with bullet holes.

(See video of the carnage in Bihac during the Balkans War; in contrast to the Bihac Tourist Office video).

Bihac´ suffered the destruction of many buildings during the recent Bosnian War, when the area around the city
was under siege by the Bosnian Serb forces for over three years, until the summer of 1995 when the siege
was broken in the beginning of the Croats’ Operation Storm conjoined with Bosnian forces under
General Atif Dudakovic.Because the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina was a consequence of the instability
in the wider region of the former Yugoslavia, and due to the involvement of neighboring countries Croatia
and Serbia and Montenegro, there was long-standing debate as to
whether the conflict was a civil war or a war of aggression.



Bosnia is not far from any border crossing with Croatia.
Bosnia is not far from any border crossing with Croatia.
Returning through the border checkpoint from
Returning through the border checkpoint from Bosnia to Croatia. (As I passed though, a guard said --when he saw my USA passport-- "Clinton, very good" and gave me the thumbs-up.
Driving from
Driving from Croatia into Bosnia at the border checkpoint.
Welcome sign in three languages
Welcome sign in three languages
New house in Bihac  Bihac suffered the
New house in Bihac Bihac suffered the destruction of many buildings during the recent Bosnian War, when the area around the city was under siege by the Bosnian Serb forces for over three years, until the summer of 1995 when the siege was broken in the beginning of the Croats' Operation Storm conjoined with Bosnian forces under General Atif Dudakovic. Because the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina was a consequence of the instability in the wider region of the former Yugoslavia, and due to the involvement of neighboring countries Croatia and Serbia and Montenegro, there was long-standing debate as to whether the conflict was a civil war or a war of aggression.
New and restored houses in Bihac  Bihac suffered the destruction of
New and restored houses in Bihac Bihac suffered the destruction of many buildings during the recent Bosnian War, when the area around the city was under siege by the Bosnian Serb forces for over three years, until the summer of 1995.
Repaired house not yet finished  Bihac suffered the destruction of many
Repaired house not yet finished Bihac suffered the destruction of many buildings during the '90s Bosnian War.
Bosnians are mostly Muslims
Bosnians are mostly Muslims
Bihac suffered the destruction of many buildings during the recent
Bihac suffered the destruction of many buildings during the recent Bosnian War, when the area around the city was under siege by the Bosnian Serb forces for over three years, until the summer of 1995.
Now a peaceful scene after the
Now a peaceful scene after the horrors of war
Strong Muslim presence
Strong Muslim presence
Bihac suffered the destruction of many buildings during the recent
Bihac suffered the destruction of many buildings during the recent Bosnian War.
Green farmland
Green farmland
Muslim farm life
Muslim farm life
New building continues today
New building continues today
Shopping mall - modest
Shopping mall - modest prosperity has returned to the area.
The Bosnian provincial capitol of Bihac.  It's a university city
The Bosnian provincial capitol of Bihac. It's a university city with many students and a somewhat lively downtown.
The Bosnian provincial capitol of Bihac.  It's a university city
The Bosnian provincial capitol of Bihac. It's a university city with many students and a somewhat lively downtown.
The Bosnian provincial capitol of Bihac.  It's a university city
The Bosnian provincial capitol of Bihac. It's a university city with many students and a somewhat lively downtown.
The Bosnian provincial capitol of Bihac.  Heroes park is poorly
The Bosnian provincial capitol of Bihac. Heroes park is poorly maintained.
The Bosnian provincial capitol of Bihac.  Memorials to the heroic
The Bosnian provincial capitol of Bihac. Memorials to the heroic (mostly young) war dead are common.
Bihac is a university city with many students and a
Bihac is a university city with many students and a somewhat lively downtown.
Catholic church in Bihac
Catholic church in Bihac
Bihac - the feeling of recovery is still present with
Bihac - the feeling of recovery is still present with many bullet holes in numeous buildings and the 'statue of peace' (a woman holding a dove) is also pocked with bullet holes.
Lottery kiosk
Lottery kiosk
Newspaper kiosk
Newspaper kiosk
Bihac - Cafes along the main
Bihac - Cafes along the main street
Town center area
Town center area
The European Union donates funds for reconstruction in Bosnia.
The European Union donates funds for reconstruction in Bosnia.
Muslim? Catholic? Orthodox? Jewish? Or not? Our
Muslim? Catholic? Orthodox? Jewish? Or not? Our differences don't show unless we make a show.
University bell tower
University bell tower
Central department store
Central department store
Bihac - united?
Bihac - united?
Bihac - University library;   the University of Bihac was opened
Bihac - University library; the University of Bihac was opened in 1997 and it has seven faculties: technical, economics, law school, biotechnical, pedagogical, medical college, Islamic pedagogical academy.
The University of Bihac was opened in 1997 and it
The University of Bihac was opened in 1997 and it has seven faculties: technical, economics, law school, biotechnical, pedagogical, medical college, Islamic pedagogical academy.
The University of Bihac was opened in 1997 and it
The University of Bihac was opened in 1997 and it has seven faculties: technical, economics, law school, biotechnical, pedagogical, medical college, Islamic pedagogical academy.
Bihac - University students  The University of Bihac was opened in
Bihac - University students The University of Bihac was opened in 1997 and it has seven faculties: technical, economics, law school, biotechnical, pedagogical, medical college, Islamic pedagogical academy.
Bihac - University buildings  The University of Bihac was opened in
Bihac - University buildings The University of Bihac was opened in 1997 and it has seven faculties: technical, economics, law school, biotechnical, pedagogical, medical college, Islamic pedagogical academy.
Bihac - University students. The University of Bihac was opened in
Bihac - University students. The University of Bihac was opened in 1997
Bihac - University students. The University of Bihac was opened in
Bihac - University students. The University of Bihac was opened in 1997
Bihac - University students. The University of Bihac was opened in
Bihac - University students. The University of Bihac was opened in 1997
Bihac - University building with bullet holes. The University of Bihac
Bihac - University building with bullet holes. The University of Bihac was opened in 1997.
Faculty of Economics
Faculty of Economics
Bihac - University building with bullet holes. The University of Bihac
Bihac - University building with bullet holes. The University of Bihac was opened in 1997.
Pensive statue ("what's next?")
Pensive statue ("what's next?")
Bihac - students in town center
Bihac - students in town center
Bihac - promenade along the river
Bihac - promenade along the river
Bihac is a town and municipality on the Una River
Bihac is a town and municipality on the Una River in the north-western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ancient historic markers; Bosnia has been inhabited at least since
Ancient historic markers; Bosnia has been inhabited at least since the Neolithic age.
Ancient monuments
Ancient monuments
Ancient (?) monuments
Ancient (?) monuments
Pig roasting
Pig roasting
The cultural clashes of history must eventually settle.
The cultural clashes of history must eventually settle.