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12.06.21 | News

22 years since end of war in Kosovo through images


Prishtina, 12 June 2021, dtt-net.com – Kosovo Albanians marked Saturday the 22nd anniversary of end of the 1998-1999 war which left nearly 13,000 civilians killed by Serbia regime of the late Slobodan Milosevic;  more than 120,000 houses destroyed; around 20,000 women and girls raped; nearly 1 million forcibly evicted from their homes and deported to Albania and North Macedonia, with most of them returning back to rebuild from scratch their lives as the war ended on 12 June 1999 following the intervention of NATO which made Serbian army, police and paramilitaries leave Kosovo. 

 

These tragic historic events are still recalled 22 years later, including by the veteran of the photography, the 75-year old now Mr. Asllan Krasniqi, who in May 1999 travelled from Brussels to Albania and North Macedonia to illustrate through images the deportation of Kosovan Albanians to the neighbouring countries and their arrival at refugee camps waiting for the war to end…

 VIDEO by the Kosova Exodus'99 foundation :

 Krasniqi in a discussion with dtt-net.com recalls those days emotionally.

 “I travelled to the refugee camps in Albania and Macedonia. Those days were the most emotional and painful days of work in my life. Elderly, women and children were arriving in the camps from Kosovo as I was taking picture from the other side of the border. A baby was even born in the camp and people of Medecin Sans Frontiers (MSF) were taking care of the mother and the baby…” the photographer recalls the events in tears.