I learned later that the others in that place were massacred very bad. They cut
the head from one of them, took out a heart from the other. Later the OSCE
observer came and saw all the bodies. They told us to bury them. We prepared
them and put the bodies in the village mosque as our religion requires. The
Serbs came and took the bodies, and fired again at us . . . till the night
came. We had to run away again. They took the bodies to Pristina. We were
hiding in the mountains, without food and water. We couldn't come in our houses
even to take some food, because there were firing at us all the time. |
[OSCE observer Bill] Walker managed to bring the bodies back and we had to make
the funeral very quickly. Observers kept the soldiers from firing at us. Walker
made a speech in the funeral, very brave of him. If he was not trying so hard,
we couldn't have made the funeral. After the funeral we all had to run again.
The Serbs held again our women and children, beat them and took some of our
young women. They did terrible things, and we couldn't go down because they
would kill us too.
Where did you stay?
In plastic tents, to save us from the rain and the cold nights.
When you heard that NATO was bombing the Serb positions, what did you
We were happy, but from air, it was not possible to do anything. There were
many people in mountains hiding, but the foreigners saved us.
When NATO started to bomb did Serbs do more things to you?
In the beginning yes. They were very angry. They did every possible thing. We
were happy that NATO was bombing them. We were happy for that. But till they
stopped the electric and the water, only then they started to think what to
What else do you want to tell me?
The world must know that Serbs left women without husbands, mothers without
children . . . There are still people missing. We have open graves waiting for
the bodies when they are found. Some children can't still find their mothers'
Do you think all this was worth it?
Yes, I think it is worth it. I am 45 years old, and all these years no Albanian
did anything to any Serb. But they did terrible things to us.
E., a survivor of the January 15, 1999 massacre in Racak, Kosovo.|
Can you tell us what happened?
We were sleeping around six a o'clock. My husband heard the noise and we ran. .
. . All our family ran for their lives. They started shooting at us. My husband
was shot. One cousin also. My husband was shot for the second time and died. My
second son was shot also, my husband 's brother as well. . . . We ran then,
when I came back I saw my son dead. I couldn't check if he was alive or dead. I
had to leave him there and try to save this woman and her daughter which were
injured. We hid ourselves in an empty house and stayed there for nine hours. We
were in danger there also. We stayed there until the evening. They drank, sang
and enjoyed their action.
We were afraid to stay in our houses so we just left the bodies there and we
went in the bushes hiding. We were without water, without food. It was very
cold. In the morning my brother-in-law came for us and told us that it was safe
for us to stay in houses. We hoped that we could bury the dead as they
deserved, but the Serbs came with tanks and took our bodies from the mosque.
They didn't want any one to see what they'd done. . . . We were in mountains,
it was cold. Then the observers from OSCE found us. . . . I begged them to
send me in some warm place and drink some water or tea, I was going to die from
coldness. They were good to me and they took me and one old woman, two children
and sent us into my brother's house.
Serbs did terrible things to our people. I have lot of pain. I have five others
[remaining in my family] but my pain for the two [I lost] is so big. The
international community helped us but I don't know what is going to be in the
future. One thing we know. We don't want to see any Serb here. Our heart is
burned. They killed, massacred raped our children. I can't imagine living with
them any more.
After the NATO intervened did you leave Kosovo?
Yes, in May. They drove us out of the mountains and beat us, separated the men
and finally we arrived in Albania. They took money from us, they took women,
they killed a child in the main street. . . . I thank them [NATO] they did what
they could. Thank God they came with the land forces, because from air they
were doing nothing. . . . I am still afraid. I don't know why NATO still takes
care of Serbs. I am a woman but if I can I would do something to them.
Personally I can't see a Serb living here. What did the children do to them?
[My son] woke from bed and was killed . . . .
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