by Harry Kennedy. I was honored to represent President Lewis Reed at SabaH Newspaper 15th Anniversary banquet.
For the last 15 years the weekly Bosnian language newspaper called SabaH—which means sunrise in Bosnian—has struggled to keep publishing, thanks to its founder, Sukrija (Suki) Dzidzovic, his wife Mirsada, their daughter Ertana, a network of writers, advertisers, and readers around the world. It calls itself a version of The New York Times for the Bosnian community.
Suki said in regards to why his newspaper has succeeded “I think that one of the ways to become a good person, and a good journalist, is to struggle. In Sarajevo, during the siege, we had almost no food, and were without electricity, gas, and telephone service. We were constantly under sniper fire and heavy artillery shelling. I was praying to God to let me survive so I could help my family and others. When people are dying all around you, you learn to respect and love everything. I started to notice and respect every tree around me, every glass of water, every cloud and—most important—every person. That feeling had a profound influence on my work as a journalist. All my articles are presented from a positive point of view. I am always saying to others, ‘Even a dead dog can have beautiful white teeth.’ If you look at everything from that perspective, you make others and yourself happy.”
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