Čiste namjere / Pure Intent

One day the misery will be defeated....and we will be the parents of many children of many races

26.04.2011.

As long as your not in a buggy or wheelchair

Although people still park on every piece of curb they can find in downtown Sarajevo, making it nearly impossible to navigate town with a child's pram (god forbid with a wheelchair), mid spring in this town is simply pure bliss.

Maybe it's like that in any town...I couldn't really say. But Sarajevo in April, and even more so in May, is really magic. It's not just Pacha Mama coming to life, painting the town and the hillsides green, but we all seem a bit lighter...happy to be outside...grateful for the fresh air....entranced by the sunshine.

It's painfully obvious that the recession is in full swing here. Every single solitary cafe is jammed packed....all day...every day. Cevapi and burek lane are barely passable from the carnivores hording to indulge in these Bosnian delicacies.

Still, making ones way through the labyrinth of people, ripped up sidewalks, and cars parked on every centimeter of available and accessible space makes the trip to downtown with a baby slightly less than enjoyable. On the fourth time of having to enter the street with my 11 month old into oncoming traffic...we decided to call it a day.

A friend of mine, stranac, once asked me where are all the war invalids in Sarajevo. He was surprised to not see many in town. Now it all makes sense to me. They can't come out. It's a nightmare to get around town in a wheelchair or minus a leg. Not fair. Not fair at all.

The sad thing is...nobody really seems to give a shit.

Viva wheelchair and baby buggy access for all!

 

23.04.2011.

Anti aircraft crosses

I was raised a Catholic with a fairly traditional Irish-American upbringing. Church every Sunday. Communion. Confirmation. Bible lessons and the lot.

It's true...i have strayed from the path of the 'only God'....but I still very much respect tradition and the integral part it played for my wider family. So as a psuedo-Catholic I must say that watching 8,000 'Christians' march the stations of the cross on Hum in Mostar yesterday was horribly offensive to me. I can only imagine what it must feel like for their Muslim neighbours who were pelted with anti-aircraft fire from the bunker that was located at EXACTLY THE SAME SPOT as the 30 metre cross that the worshippers aimed to reach yesterday.

I'm no theologian, but I do know Jesus was a pacifist. I do know he said 'don't follow me'. I do know he was a revolutionary. Although its pure speculation....my guess is that old Isa's heart isn't bursting with joy watching a group of 'believers' hike to a point in his honour where innocent lives were blown into oblivion in a most violent way. I was a witness to it. It's not heresy.

Medugorje can have all the crosses it likes on its hilltops, similar to those in Italy or Spain. More power to you. But on Hum? That's just bezobrazluk...and far from what I - or Mr. Christ - would consider Christian.

So it goes.

God Bless. Happy Easter. Peace

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Although i have become an honorary balkanite, one thing that truly bothers me is how distrustful we are of each other and how quick we are to criticize without necessarily knowing all the facts. I will certainly criticize...and rant & rave about the environment and other things that get ispod moj koze. But i promise to do it with the pure intent. No lies. No bull shit. And entirely open to criticism.

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I am a semi-nomadic global activist...bosnaphile, ecologist, hiker, writer, new yorker/sarajevan. Bosnia and Herzegovina has been my home after i hitchhiked from Germany to BiH on Christmas day 1992. People always ask me what was the hardest thing about coming to Bosnia during those times. My answer is always the same...'leaving!'

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