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Messages from/to Sarajevo for 31 March 95 22 h

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Welcome to "Sarajevo Alive, Sarajevo On Line." From March 29 to April 7, our network of 26 newspapers around the world is linking the people of the besieged city of Sarajevo to the Internet Community. One of the greatest restrictions felt by the citizens of this city is the inability to communicate with the outside world: there is no paper to print newspapers on, there are no telephone lines linked 24 hours a day with the outside world. Helping them to overcome this feeling of entrapment is one of our primary goals. So World Media Network; in cooperation with the local media (Oslobodenje, Studio 99...) are inviting the residents of the city to respond to questions posed by the Internet community. In marketplaces, in shops, and in editorial offices, we are installing suitcase satellites and are giving the Bosnians a chance to communicate. Finally, World Media Network newspapers will publish the best conversations that appeared on the Internet, on April 5, 1995, the third anniversary of the beginning of siege of Sarajevo. Here is the first posting from Sarajevo. More will follow. We at World Media posed the first questions. They are basic questions. Needless to say, they'd rather address themselves directly to anyone of you, with a name and a country to refer to. So please send us your questions. People in Sarajevo look forward to hearing from you. FROM: Zoran Illich TO: The Internet community I am Zoran Illich, deputy editor-in-chief of Independent Radio and Television "STUDIO 99" - Sarajevo. I am 39 years old, not married. I have worked for Studio 99 since its inception and I have worked at the radio during the entire war. Q: What have you in mind today? Are you more or less afraid than before? A: What I have in my mind is not so interesting. Usually I work from morning till the night. We try to be normal and I see that people in Sarajevo are thinking about war and crimes less than before. Also, my opinion is that people are not afraid. Q: How is everyday life ? Do you have electricity, water, gas, heating? Is it expensive? A: I live very well because usually I'm not in my flat. I said before that I work constantly. During the last few months, there has been enough electricity, water, etc... Life is not expensive if you have your salary and if you are employed. Q: But we hear that you need Deutsche Marks to live? How do you manage to get Deutsche Marks? A: If you are not employed, probably you have family abroad and if they help you than it's not a problem to obtain DMs. Q: Do you find meat every day? How much does it cost? A: I donπt like to eat meat, but I suppose that meat is expensive for ordinary people. Q: How long have you been living in Sarajevo? What do you need most? What do you miss the most? A: I have been living in Sarajevo for the past 25 years. What I need is a normal life and my friends. Many left Sarajevo at the beginning of the war. Today I miss my family the most. Q: Would you like to leave Sarajevo? If so, where would you go? A: I have been out of Sarajevo several times since the beginning of the war. Actually I had a chance to leave Sarajevo. But I didn't! I love Sarajevo. I love my friends and people who work with me at Studio 99. Q: Do you care about politics? If yes, do you belong to any political organisation? A: I care about politics because my radio and television are engaged in politics. Like most from Studio 99, I am not member of any political party. But I am member of the Association of Independent Intellectuals and "Circle 99". It is not political organisation. Our idea is to live together and in democratic society. Q: Are there still many ethnically mixed families in Sarajevo? A: There are still many mixed marriages and mixed families. The problem is not in Sarajevo among Sarajevans because we still respect each other. The problem, concerns nationalistic extremists from the national parties. If you donπt believe that, please come to Sarajevo. In my opinion, you will be surprised. Sarajevo is still under siege but people have the spirit. Donπt be afraid we will survive. In conclusion, let me ask you all question: Is it possible in Europe to accept new politics without nationalistic and separatist ideas and leaders? That's all and many greetings from Sarajevo. Zoran Illich. FROM: Deniza Ticic TO: The Internet community I am Deniza Ticic. I am 20 years old and I study French and English at University of Philosophy. Also I work on Studio 99. I am a refuge from Grbavica and now I live in centre of the city with my parents and younger brother. Q: How is everyday life ? Do you have electricity, water, gas, heating ? Is it expensive? A: I live much better then before. We have electricity, water etc. Maybe that will sound ridiculous to you but our wants are small. Q: Are you more or less afraid than before? A: Now I am just afraid of what will happen to us. Q: We hear that you need Deutsche Marks to live? How do you manage to get Deutsche Marks? A: If you don't have DM you can not buy food which is very expensive here. Q: What do you miss the most? A: I miss most my friends and people who left Sarajevo. Loneliness is a big problem for the people who stayed here. Q: Are there still many ethnically mixed families? A: All three nationalities live here, and we live together. Q: Do you care about politics? A: I don't care about politics. FROM: REDINA LJUMANOVIC TO: The Internet community I am Redina Ljumanovic. I am twenty years old and I study medicine. Also I work on Studio 99 as a cameraman. I live with my parents, brother and sister on the front line near the Grbavica. Q: How do you live? I live much better than before, because I can go out when I want. But it is not enough for me. I want to finish my University but it is not possible here. So what I can do? I spend my time like all young people here. In the morning I am on the University. In the afternoon I am in Studio 99 and after that I go out with my friends. I have a scholarship. It is enough to buy cigarettes and visit the cafe every day. A: If you could leave Sarajevo, would you? And to go where? Q: You ask me do I want to leave Sarajevo. Yes, I do because I don't have normal life and I don't see a future for me here. Thatπs because of the war. You can't see on the streets people who lived here before the war. Every day I lose my friends and soon 'I'll be alone. You can't study, you can't work, you can't make money, you can't make love (condoms are very expensive). So, I want to go somewhere, but where. Sarajevo isn't the place for me, but where is the place for me? FROM: Alma Duran TO: The Internet community I am an eighteen-year-old girl and I am a high school pupil. I am a straight A pupil, but I also work as a English translator on Independent Radio called "Studio 99". My parents are divorced and I live with my mother. I also have an older brother, but he is currently living in Germany. I am not married, and that is unusual in Sarajevo. Young people get married here very often because of the war. One can loose one's life very easily here every day and because of that people are getting married a lot, all the time. Q: Are you more or less afraid than before? A: Every day when I wake up in the morning, I am so happy because I am alive. Many of my friends are dead and so you can see why I am so happy, because in Sarajevo to be alive is a luxury that many people cannot afford. Right now, I am not afraid but if the shellings start again, I would go out of my mind. Those things are the worst experiences in my whole life-- besides seeing my best friend's brain blown away. Q: How do you live? Do you have electricity, water, gas, heating ? Is it expensive? A: Everyday life in Sarajevo is awful. We do not have enough electricity, gas, water or heating. Sometimes we do not have it at all. Right now it is snowing heavily and the gas and heating systems are out of order so when I go back home I will be freezing to death. Since the war has been going on here for three years, people stopped working and so they do not have any salary. Because of that they can not pay for this gas, water, electricity, etc. That is why only such things are for free. For everything else one has to pay in DM. Q: People say here that you use Deutsche Marks every day. How do you manage to get them? A: Yes, everything is paid in DM. Most of the people do not have them at all. Only if one works and gets paid in DM can one can buy something. And that depends on pure luck. Also if one has any relatives abroad, those relatives can send money. Q: What do you miss the most? A: Personally, what I miss the most is a normal teenage life. I should be traveling and having fun, making new friends, seeing other cities and countries. But instead of that I have to bring water to my flat and carry it in my hands for two or three miles. You see, during heavy shellings we did not have any water in our homes. We had to go to few natural sources of water, fill the plastic gallons with water and carry it to home. That is very exhausting. I also miss going out after ten o'clock, because there is a police curfew starting ten o'clock in the evening. But although death is all around us ,we girls still try to look good. Our way of fighting is to look beautiful and to show to those beasts that are killing us that youth and life will triumph over death. Q: Are there still many ethnically mixed families in Sarajevo? A: There are still some mixed marriages in Sarajevo. But not as many as before because of the politics, which came into our lives. Q: If you could leave Sarajevo, would you? A: I would NEVER EVER leave Sarajevo, although I could and live with my brother in Germany. Why? Because I have seen how people abroad treat Bosnian refuges and it is a disgrace! Q: Do you care about politics? A: I do not care about politics ,and I won't allow politics to destroy some of my friendships with people of another nationalities. These are my questions: How can people mark 50 anniversary of Auschwitz and promise that such thing will never again happen, and then just sit and do nothing about Bosnia? How can people be such hypocrites? Why don't you help us REALLY? FROM: Samir Osmanovic TO: The Internet community I am eighteen years old. I am a high school pupil. My Questions: Why don't you stop this war and help our people? FROM: Mirsad Sukalo TO: The Internet community I am nineteen years old ,and I am in the army. Q: Do you care about politics? A: I don't care about politics because the politic is a whore and I hate politics. Q: How do you feel today? A: If you ask me how I feel today, I feel like an animal. FROM: Davor Milicevic TO:Internet Iπm eighteen years old and I go to the electrotechnical vocational school. My Question: How many people have been killed in Paris with sniper shot during one day? FROM: Suzana Huskic TO: The Internet community I am 18 and I go to secondary school. I have parents and a brother. I was born in Sarajevo and all my family has lived here for centuries. Q: How do you live today? A: How I live? That is a stupid question. †I live like every woman, man and child in Sarajevo. I work in independent radio and TV "Studio 99". I am the assistant of "The Interview of the Day". I like my job. I want to finish school and one day I want to be a doctor because I want to help people. SO EUROPE WAKE UP! END


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