Plemetina, Kosovo on Flickr.
I am back from a two weeks peace-workcamp with SCI International and GAIA Kosovo.
I’ve stayed two weeks in a Roma Mahalla, where I’ve witnessed the misery and poverty a lot of those people have to live in.
I was part of a team who travelled the country and interviewed pedestrians about positive stories of living together with different ethnicities. As you might know, the only thing we hear in the mass-media is that there is only hatred.
I’ve left the country unsure and lacking about ten pounds of body-substance.
Unsure about what to really believe. The anger and hatred seems to be deep down in the people, at the same time I’ve met such a lot of people who don’t care where you come from. I’ve lived with Albanians, Serbians, Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian people and they have gotten along good. I have not witnessed a single conflict.
Yet still, I guess there is something deep down that will not let this young country live in peace from day one an there will be something needed to overcome this.
I lost about 10 pounds because I caught an Infection and had straight diarrhea from day 3 just until the end. After a week I almost collapsed and visited a hospital, where I got 500ml of Na-Cl with medication and 500ml of Clucose infusions. I got the same treatment the day after again and I felt good again, I am back to full strenght and healthy as ever, I just have to punch a new hole into my belt.
I just wanted to share some pictures I took in that weird country and leave you with my best greetings.