Last month marked 15 years since the death of Alija Izetbegovic, the first president of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Though Izetbegovic become a regular feature on international TV as the abandoned president during the brutal civil war which consumed his country from 1992 to 1995 and saw genocide and mass graves re-emerge in Europe, the event passed without much fanfare or reportage outside Bosnia.
Izetbegovic was to die eight years after the signing of the Dayton Accord. He left a legacy of the “Wise King” who gifted Bosnia independence and a multi-party democratic system.Dr. Azeem Ibrahim