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Between 1992 and 1996, Bosnian Serb forces bombarded the city of Sarajevo in what was the longest siege in the history of modern warfare. Today, scattered throughout the city, a series of anonymous memorials commemorate those who were killed in the daily mortar attacks. Every shell that exploded on a road or paved area left a splattered imprint, reminiscent of the shape of a flower. Instead of repairing these concrete scars, artists have taken to painting the “petals” of these craters red. Known as “Sarajevo Roses,” these monuments serve as constant reminders of the devastation of the war and perhaps even represent an epitaph for the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo.