An orphan boy eats a meal of cold gruel and breadcrumbs
at the unheated Sarajevo orphanage during the Bosnian Serb siege of
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 1993. Almost 2,000 children,
and over 10,000 people in total were killed in Sarajevo during the
3-1/2 year siege.
HUNGER IN SARAJEVO
We went to find the costumes, because we couldn't afford to make new
ones. I picked one costume from the wardrobe of that tailor shop and
tried it on, and turned sideways toward the mirror, and Kaca said,
oh great, it's good, we'll take it. It had only one sleeve. When I
turned around to the other side, the dress was so asymmetric, and
me so thin so I asked what we were going to do with this Biafra detail.
As absurd as it may sound, the war was one of the most beautiful parts
of my life. It is horrible to be face to face with death all the time,
with tragedies, with injuries. But, there was another side as well,
that purity of emotions, which we shared with each other. Everything
was clear, everything was simplified, and that made it human. Which
was wonderful. When someone was scared, he said that he's scared,
when he loved someone, he would show that. If we wanted to help each
other, we would act as if we did. As much as we could under the circumstances.
Excerpt From: Sarajevo survivor testimonies from
OPSADA (The Siege) by FAMA International