A blog by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration about justice and peace issues

The Cellist of Sarajevo – Actions for Peace

Vedran Smajlović, with hundreds of thousands of other residents in Bosnia endured the siege of Sarajevo — surviving the cold, food and water shortages, constant bombings and sniper fire in the street.

Smajlović decided to play his cello in the space of a bombing after a particularly brutal explosion that killed 22 people.  He played his cello to honor each of the 22 people killed by the bomb while they were queuing for bread; transforming the space of violence into a memorial for those who had died.

He points us to the power of witness. Check out the links below for a chance to participate in a local witness for peace today!


Events planned throughout the world


 La Crosse, Wis.

An International Day of Peace observance is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 21 in La Crosse’s Cameron Park at noon. It is sponsored by the The La Crosse Interfaith Justice and Peace Network with Rotary Club support. If you attend, bring a lawn chair and, if you’d like, a sign with a peace theme. This is a peace rally not an anti war rally. The event program includes a brief noon ceremony with singing, vigil and march. Questions? Contact the coordinators at createpeace@centurytel.net or call 608-786-2816.


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