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in the enclave under siege

 

“Mister? Mister? America  . . . America man thinks Bosnia man primitive.

Journalist . . . Why you come? Money? I think—Srebrenica. I become angry. Very angry.

Six thousand killed Srebrenica. What you think, Mister? Mister?

You don’t write for Srebrenica.”

 

Joe Sacco, Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-5

 


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I am realy interested in subject. Becouse I was there. What did you see, and felt mr Joe Sacco.

Joe Sacco collected eye-witness accounts of things that happened during the war in Bosnia in the nineties. Then he illustrated these stories with hand-drawn comic strips, not the funny kind. Sacco goes into great detail about atrocities, war crimes, incidents beyond horror. He has a lot of power, when he tells and draws. It’s not like you could have seen these images anywhere, unless you also were willing to go live in a war zone during armed conflict.

When you are afraid, it is difficult to find out the truth, and to even want to know the truth. And by afraid, I mean alive. I mean alive in America.

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