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Gjakovë, Kosovo

2003



Kosovo has long been a hotbed of unrest and controversy between Yugoslavian “Christian” Serbs and Albanian “Muslims” with both laying claims to the rights of the land.  With the rising in the 1990’s of the Kosovo Liberation Army, by the majority ethnic Albanians, the ruling Serbs quashed with a vengeance the revolt towards independence.  This led to the killing of thousands of men and boys in ethnic cleansing, and the displacement of over 750,000 into neighboring Albania and Macedonia.

In 2003, working in conjunction with De Brug, a Dutch Christian relief NGO, Alabaster Ministries visited Gjakovë, Kosovo.  While there, we visited a number of homes of widows and their children, bringing friendship, food and clothing.  Subsequently, Alabaster Ministries donated a tractor for co-op use by several families to be able to farm their recently de-land mined fields, bringing a new source of revenue.  As well, substantial physical improvement was made to a compound of homes, easing the difficulties of daily life.