One of my Xmas presents this year was Joe Sacco's Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-95. I was first introduced to Sacco's graphic reporting in Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which he co-authored with Chris Hedges.
It's a stunning work ~ compelling, sad realism.
When I worked in St. Louis, I taught a number of students who had fled that region of the world as a result of the Bosnian War, and I wanted to learn more about that horrible war. I read about the conflict as it happened, but the stories Sacco tells are graphic, heartbreaking, and thought provoking.
We can hope that a war like happened there won't happen again, but in a world full of hatred based on religion and ethnicity while organizations and governments dither around, I'm not confident we'll learn from our mistakes.