For Zoje Prendi, an 82-year-old ethnic Albanian woman from Gjakovë Municipality, there is no forgiveness for Kosovo’s Serbs following the war of 1999. She lives in the south-west of the country, not far from the Albanian border, in a village called Mejë. Her story is one of tragedy, loss, bitterness and hatred. On 27 April 1999, five of her seven sons were killed in what is alleged to be the worst massacre committed by Serbian forces in Kosovo. Some 372 ethnic Albanians are believed to have been killed in a single day, with more still missing and feared dumped in mass graves in Serbia. Any male who was 15-years-old and over was targeted.
The Mejë massacre was typical of the nationalistic conflict that raged in Kosovo, where people were killed on the basis of ethnicity and nothing else. Serbians killed Albanians and Albanians killed Serbians. There is no forgiveness here, the people of Mejë cannot forget. Inside Zoje’s home, a modest building surrounded by chickens and puppies, she sits with her two widowed daughter-in-laws and tells her story, beneath pictures of her five dead sons and husband. She is unable to move on from what happened in 1999, and still harbours great resentment towards Serbians. She wishes similar massacres on their children. Ethnic tensions in this part of Kosovo remain high. Watch our interview with Zoje above. Learn more about Kosovo below.