Sarajevo – A scar we must all wear

Thank you Elizabeth for reminding us of the world of Vedran Smailović, The Cellist of Sarajevo. Echoes From the Square

Like many, I peripherally knew of this story and stood back in amazement at the lengths we go to as we attempt to make sense of the world we live in. Courage comes from many places.

I have good friends who, as Canadian military personnel assigned to duty during this terrible conflict, speak of the horror of witnessing acts of inhumanity only to be told to “observe”. Yes we Canadians have “observed” too many conflicts in the past 25 years and the price on all sides is beyond calculation.

Maybe the power of the arts through individuals such as Vedran Smailović as well as story tellers and artists such as Elizabeth Wellburn and her husband Deryk Houston need to help us to find ways to sufficiently reflect such that we can find the peace we so very much need.

The following was recorded yesterday, April 5,2012 in Sarajevo

Cellist of Sarajevo, Vedran Smailović from Marcel van der Steen on Vimeo.

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