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The fate of a tree
winter 92-93 James Mason

The fate of a tree


The trees of Sarajevo died along with the citizens. These two men were cutting wood in a dangerous place, but only because the haze made it unlikely that the snipers would be working. At this point, which is next to the Holiday Inn, it was a shot of about 700 mtrs for a Serbian sniper. They were making kills at longer distances than that. I saw a man shot right in this spot a few days later, and saw a woman shot dead in the courtyard of the building in the background. The man on the right is a Serb. His partner later told me that he was certain that the Serb was an informer. Because of that he always tried to include him in dangerous tasks, feeling that he was less likely to get shot when standing next to a Serbian spy.

Canon EOS-1 ,20-35 2.8L

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Paul Dillon 23-Aug-2011 00:46
I think I spent a few days in one of those buildings. I can't remember which one, but it was a very large complex like this right beside the hills. My room was covered in bullet holes. The owner told me that the Serbs would wait for movement and then shoot.
James Mason20-Aug-2006 19:14
This photo was quite possibly taken on that date. It was no later than the 13th, and no earlier than the 10th.

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Guest 12-May-2005 09:55
Good picture. I was in Sarajevo on january 13th 1993 as a member of a UN-transport. It was a hazy day as well. Did you happen to take this picture on that date?