Sarajego is a small, mountainous city of about 80,000 residents, but it has become a haven for the Serbian army.
On the streets are a handful of soldiers, including a colonel, a lieutenant colonel and a colonel-general, all of whom have earned the nickname “Tyrant.”
They patrol the streets and guard the roads, and when they need something to eat, they whip up their own meal and sell it for a few euros, a bit less than a dollar in the country’s poorest state.
The locals are also a little scared of the soldiers, because they’re the ones who keep order in a city that’s home to the largest concentration of drug addicts in Europe.
But the army has come to be the glue that holds Sarajefo together.
And the Serbian president, Milorad Dodik, has been trying to keep it that way.
“We have to look at the future.
The city will be in Serbian hands,” said Dodik.
“The military must not be the only authority in Sarajedevo.”
But for some of the residents, the army’s role in Sarjeefo is not as simple as a good cop/bad cop.
The Serbs, who consider themselves to be a Slavic people and a separate ethnic group, have long complained that they’re discriminated against by the Croatian government.
The Croatian government, on the other hand, sees Sarjeego as part of a Serbian “ethnic group” and is trying to promote their cultural and political influence in the city.
But for most of the Bosniak population, the Serbs’ presence has never felt so unwelcome.
In the 1980s, as the Bosnian Serbs invaded the Bosna Republic, they captured Sarjeepo.
In 1993, Serbs were allowed to return to the city, but not without massive resistance from Bosniaks and Croats.
Today, the Bosnians are among the largest ethnic groups in Bosnia and have become an integral part of the Serb-dominated state, while the Croats have become a minority in Sarjefo.
“It is not the first time the Bosnic people have protested against the Serbi state,” said Maria Kolejevic, a Bosnian journalist and historian.
“When we see the Serbian army on the streets, we think: Who are they?
We are proud to be Serbs.”
This year, the government in Sarjujevo announced plans to give more rights to the Bosnis.
In a bid to improve relations, the Serbian government plans to build a large museum and create a cultural center in Sarjaevo.
But a local Bosnian politician said that the plan is a step backward.
“They should have said, ‘Here are the Bosnes who live here.
Here are the Croates who live in this city.
We have to let you live,'” said Ola Pekovic, the mayor of Sarjeevo, a town of roughly 1,000 people that has been a major target for the Bosnik militias for decades.
“If the government wants to build monuments, they should have built a monument to the Croat-Slovenians,” he said.
And with this new monument, the Croated-Slujskiy Krajice could be just that.
“People want to have a monument, a monument of their past and their future,” said Oja Novic, president of the local Croats’ parliament.
“I want them to know, it’s us, Croats, that are here and that we are proud of our history.”
“They are here, they are Serbs.
They are our brothers.
They’re our sons,” said Dzika Kolaric, another Bosnian Croat.