Sarajevo 30 years later: From games to war and back

SARAJEVO – A city desperate for snow suddenly had too much. 

The biggest blizzard in 50 years hit Sarajevo the night before the 1984 Winter Olympics were to begin, and rumors of cancellation grew with the snow piles. Aida Cerkez remembers her mother waking her at 3 a.m. Standing in her pajamas she looked out the window with pride as she watched soldiers from the Yugoslav Army marching down the street to pack the snow as it fell.

"There were whole neighborhoods going down with tea and cookies," she said with tears in her eyes. "I will never ever in my life forget that." 

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