Sarajevans did something beautiful. They’ve taken huge shell casings, the same ones from the ammunition used against them during the war, and they’ve carved them with pictures of how Sarajevo used to look, polished them and now they sell them. I bought a lot of them. This is the most beautiful example of how we shall overcome what has happened to us.
Sarajevo is a symbol of pluralism, multi-ethnicity and of minority groups who lived together peacefully for centuries. We all remember the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. The event was meant to signify pluralism, multiculturalism and living with differences in a peaceful manner. Even the horrific tragedy of the 1990s Balkan wars does not negate this ideal or dream.
Joel Rosenthal, President of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
There's nothing prettier than my arrival in Sarajevo, with the welcoming smiles of dear people. I have a feeling that everything in BiH is prettier, that the sun is shining stronger, snow is whiter, rain is less wet, people are happy, despite all the problems they have. Nowhere in the world have I seen more jovial people.
I was interested in coming here.... I've been impressed by the beauty of the city and I think it's a shame to see that a city like this could be attacked. I will treasure this award. I don’t think there is another city in the world that has shown such heart in the face of so much tragedy.