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Interactive: From Brooklyn to Pristina
How does a gun purchased legally in the US end up in action in a guerilla war in Kosovo?
Florin Krasniqi’s story depicts how the Kosovo Liberation Army waged war against Serb forces in the late 1990s using powerful weapons that were manufactured and bought legally in the United States. The Brooklyn Connection is a powerful reminder of the relationship between disparate worlds: a Brooklyn backyard barbeque and a Kosovo border village.
In this interactive multimedia feature, you can piece together how guns travelled from US factories and gun fairs through airports and onto planes, over the Atlantic, to be smuggled over borders and put into action in guerilla battles.
The journey of a gun depicted in this feature represents a composite illustration of activities Florin Krasniqi engaged in over several years. Krasniqi has shipped many weapons using these techniques, and this feature demonstrates how guns were moved from one location to another, rather than depicting the actual travels of one specific firearm.