Reuters: Road to "Sniper Alley" named for Reuters man

SARAJEVO, May 21 (Reuters) - Part of the road from Sarajevo airport into the city was renamed on Tuesday in memory of Kurt Schork, the late Reuters correspondent who spent three years in the besieged Bosnian capital regularly travelling its dangerous lifeline.

Kurt Schork Street connects the airport to the boulevard nicknamed "Sniper Alley" by foreign reporters during the 1992-95 war, when Serb sharpshooters made Sarajevans run a perilous daily gauntlet.

"During 1,335 days of the siege, he showed the whole world the truth about the war, the heroism and the scale of the suffering of the citizens of Sarajevo," a plaque reads.

Schork, already an honorary citizen of Bosnia, was shot dead in an ambush by rebels in Sierra Leone in May, 2000. He was 53. Some of his ashes are now buried at Sarajevo's Lion cemetery.

Among those at the renaming ceremony was the mother of Admira Ismic, a Muslim girl killed with her Serb sweetheart Bosko Brkic while the 25-year-olds were trying to escape the city. Their bodies lay for days in no man's land.

Schork's "Romeo and Juliet" account of their tragic story was among his most moving reports from Sarajevo. But Nera Ismic remembers him for another reason.

"When all the other journalists were besieging us in search of an exclusive story -- and of course they were only doing their job -- Kurt was the only one who really tried to help us recover their bodies and did not mention the story.

"He was buried next to my children and every time I go to the cemetery I bring him flowers as well. It was an honour to have known him," she said.

-- Copyright Reuters 2002