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This one is for Izzet Bey(keribar). He noticed the top of the minaret cut out by the Mostar bridge in my Mostar shot "watching You." So here, a minaret specially for him. He aslo told me of his plans later in the year to visit Sarajevo. So this is a little gift for him in the meantime. I hope he finds it a happier place than I did.Maybe it helps not to know the language.
To me, it was still a sad place years after the murderous siege where the besieging army with its cannons, tanks and snipers toyed with the civilian population-even shooting at women fetching water.
It was near the river that I stopped a dear old lady to ask if the cemetery on the hill, with its gleaming white Muslim tombstones, held victims from the war. She just had enough strength to tell me that her son was buried there, another victim. Then she burst into tears. So after that I decided not to say much and just listen. And that too was disturbing since I heard a number of deranged men in coffee bars and eating places talk to themselves and yell at imaginary foes or maybe they were still trying in their mind's eye to warn their departed loved ones.Such suffering, such trauma. And what were the gains amongst so much loss, so much pain?

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