Chapter-5: Leaving Sarajevo

April 21, 1996

By Indradyumna Swami

Today we left Sarajevo. I wanted to stay because although last night’s festival was successful, the shock of the attack was still very much with the devotees and the fear of reprisals remained. I was also waiving the opportunity to follow up and continue the positive media coverage we were getting.

But we had to go. We had only eighteen hours to drive back through Bosnia, Croatia, and Italy to catch a flight to England. So we packed our belongings, I gave final instructions to the devotees, and we departed. Priyavrata, who had come to Sarajevo to help with the Food for Life program, volunteered to stay to help the police and continue media relationships.