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Culture, Media, Spreading information
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Italy, Sarajevo
“Why. Publication for human rights and peace”
The magazine “Why. Publication for human rights and peace” was edited by the International Peace Centre in Sarajevo, with a first issue in December 1991. In the editorial of the first issue, Ibrahim Spahic writes:
“Why “Why”? It is intended for peacemakers and people of good will all over Europe and the world. The first publication of this magazine is linked to the peace initiatives which are growing into a peace movement in the city of Sarajevo and in the Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The principal goal of the citizens here is to stop the war, to stop the suffering of the tens of thousands of innocent victims whose testimonies take one’s breath away. This magazine shall therefore record events and reactions from the people of public, cultural and political life. It will be a source of information showing the dimension of the people’s resistance to the war in Yugoslavia which has so far been hidden by the scenes of suffering and death.”
“Why” was published with the support of IPC’s international partners, for example Associazione per la pace (Italy), Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie (Germany), and Arci Nova / Sprofondo (Italy). Several more issues were published during the war, in English language, which were mainly documenting, through articles, interviews and pictures, the cultural resistance of Sarajevo against the siege, and also different international solidarity initiatives in support of this resistance.