Mom, what is war?
Capt. Russell Craig
First published in
SFOR Informer#130, January 17, 2002
Senad Mavric, an SFOR artist has published a comic book,
"Mom What is War?" that deals with the consequences
of the 1992-1995 war in Sarajevo.
Sarajevo - Mavric works for SFOR as the Psychological Support
Branch's artist, in his spare time, however, he continues
to work on his own projects. "Mom What Is War?"
is one of these projects and has been completed after several
years of work. In it he seeks to describe the complexities
of the war, through stories drawn from personal experience,
or key points from the conflict.
"Every living artist in Sarajevo did something due to
the influence of the war. It is hard to say how this tragedy
influences us. Everyone has their own stories and personal
experience and wants to tell them in their own way, so my
way of expression is comics," says Mavric.
The book's stories depict the daily routines of life set against
the backdrop of Sarajevo and the war. They tell the story
of the dangers inherent in collecting water, food, firewood
and even of just walking in the strife torn city.
"One of these stories, 'Black Water,' my friend lived
through. It fascinated me and I wanted to relate the deep
tragedy of the war. The war was not armies on a field with
who wins, wins and who loses, loses. It's really a tragedy
to live through what it (war) can push people to," says
Although the book is printed professionally, some of the stories
retain an almost unfinished look. Mavric, however, actively
perused this effect.
"This books is in itself an important document about
what happened in the war; it is my rebellion against it. It
shows it roughly and strongly how it is
I want people
to come to their senses," says Mavric.
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