Kosovo: Chapel at orthodox cemetery destroyed, graves desecrated, busts stolen

Photo: Tanjug

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA – Several hundreds of Serbs from northern Kosovska Mitrovica visited this morning an Orthodox cemetery in the southern part of the city.

Photo: Tanjug
Photo: Tanjug

They arrived with buses and private cars with police escort, and there were no incidents, Tanjug reported.

They found only a few gravestones, the graves were desecrated, busts stolen – that was found by those who came to light candles for the souls of deceased relatives and friends.

Archpriest Milija Arsovic said that he hoped that the situation was better compared to last year, but that it cannot be said.

“You can see that there is absolutely nothing good here. People came here today in large numbers, to this sacred cemetary, because many holy people are buried here, and they did not deserve this to be done to them. Simply, I have been coming here for 15 years with these people and I can say that every time we come we find the situation to be worse,” said Arsovic.

The chapel at the cemetery was also destroyed, and when it comes to gravestones, only owners of the graves decide whether they will restore them.

More than 70 percent of gravestones at the cemetery was destroyed or desecrated after the conflict ended in 1999.


  1. Vucic needs to bring this abomination up at the Brussels talks – going on between Belgrade and Pristina. This evil has been going on for too long in Kosovo and Metohija and will continue if the Government of Serbia and the SOC Patriarch don’t have the guts to raise this issue. The Serbian Orthodox Faithful in the Diaspora read and see this desecration of their graveyards, Chapels and also churches and monasteries, of the abuse of their Clergy and are shocked and disgusted that this goes on in front of the eyes of the democratic West, in front of the rebel leaders running Pristina. This is not civilised.

  2. This is totally uncivilized gesture. Albanians are still living in the Middle Ages because they do not even respect the dead.

  3. Respect needs to start with us to speak in the face of darkness, and let the Serb say I AM Kosovo. Shame on the SPC leadership for not raising people’s awareness and demand change from government if we cannot be protected.

    • Savages! Only savages would do such a thing. If it was the other way around there would be endless discussions of how terrible the Serbs are. The international community should be aware of this but, unfortunately, this will remain as ‘local’ news.

  4. As a Canadian we are force-fed everything US, EU, Middle east, Greece etc. and who’s wearing what on the awards show.
    These are precarious times and hope for a strong united greater Serbia may be what the balkins need.