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May 8 • 30 tweets • 6 min read
THE WEST'S SERBIANIZATION
by Jean Baudrillard
At the price of superhuman effort, after three years of massacre, and above all, after the humiliation of the forces of the international community (finally something unbearable), international opinion seems to have recognized,
though grudgingly and with strong reservations, that the Serbs are the aggressors. This recognition might also seem to demonstrate that we are being as firm and lucid as possible. In fact, it simply brings us to the war's starting point.
Dec 5, 2021 • 21 tweets • 4 min read
by Aleksandar Hemon
The taxi driver who drove me from the airport and, when I observed that the leaves were already beginning to fall, replied: “Why, yes, first watermelons, then lessons,” which, on close analysis,
I understood as representing a magic formula to describe the gradual approach of autumn. The moment when, from Jekovac, after the Ramazan cannon fires to indicate sunset, you see the lights on all the minarets of Sarajevo simultaneously ignite.
Oct 16, 2021 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
MELISA VITEŠKIĆ was killed on 16 October 1992. She was with her father Edhem trying to get across the runway when the #Serb Forces shot her in the head.
Melisa was 12 years old.
Melisa's father described the details of her murder:
"Since the barricades in the city [April 1992], even in Ilidza, she lived with her sister and mother at her aunt’s and uncle’s place in ‘Bratstva i Jedinstva’ street, Pofalici, for security reasons.
May 29, 2021 • 16 tweets • 4 min read
#OTD 29 May 1993, instead of asking for "world peace" as she was crowned, Inela Nogić unfolded a banner that read: "Don't let them kill us." When asked what she would do as Miss Besieged Sarajevo, she replied, "I have no plans, I could be dead tomorrow."
On the 2nd of May in 1992, JNA (Yugoslav People’s Army) from #Serbia supported by local #Serbian militants tried to deal the final blow to the #Bosnian defenders, occupy #Sarajevo and force legal government to surrender.
It was a beautiful sunny day...
2 MAY 1992
That morning was calm & peaceful, just the day before people were having May the 1st, Labor Day, celebrations. Nobody was expecting to witness the start of the Siege, that would last almost next four years, 1,425 days
NERMIN DIVOVIĆ was killed on 18 November 1994. He was murdered by the #Serbian sniper when he was returning home with his mother Dženana & sister Dženita. His mother was shot in the stomach, bullet went through and hit Nermin in the head.
Nermin was 7 years old.
He is lying in the Sniper Alley street, the UN firefighters who tried to help him are standing nearby, and in the version of the photograph that circulated most widely, the UN firefighters are shown in action, seemingly trying to block the area around Nermin.
On the 2nd of May, JNA (Yugoslav People’s Army) from #Serbia supported by local #Serbian militants tried to deal the final blow to the #Bosnian defenders, occupy Sarajevo and force legal government to surrender.