Sarajevo pays tribute to its last shoe shiner


Flowers and candles decorate a wooden chair with photo of late Husein Hasani, in downtown Sarajevo, on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 . Thousands of Bosnians have signed a petition urging authorities to erect a monument to Sarajevo’s last shoe shiner. As if waiting to be cleaned, the pair of old shoes stood Thursday in front of the wooden chair on which Husein Hasani _ known as Uncle Misho _ usually sat. Citizens laid flowers and lit candles around a portrait of him on the chair. Many passers-by stopped and prayed. Even during Bosnia’s bloody 1992-95 war that killed over 100,000 people, Uncle Misho offered his services on the main street while dodging sniper fire. (AP Photo/Amel Emric) | Zoom

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - Thousands of Bosnians have signed a petition urging authorities to erect a monument to Sarajevo's last shoe shiner, who died at 83 after charming generations.

As if waiting to be cleaned, a pair of old shoes stood Thursday in front of the wooden chair on which Husein Hasani _ known as Uncle Misho _ usually sat. Citizens laid flowers and lit candles around a portrait of him on the chair. Many passers-by stopped and prayed.

Even during Bosnia's bloody 1992-95 war that killed over 100,000 people, Uncle Misho offered his services on the main street while dodging sniper fire.

Sarajevo Mayor Ivo Komsic said Uncle Misho was a city symbol and his death Monday has left the Bosnian capital "emptier."

The petition got around 5,000 signatures in just one day.


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