Kosovo: Two Serbian girls attacked by Albanians in a village near Gracanica

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BELGRADE – Provocations of Albanians who pass through our village have become a part of everyday life, but after the last attack on sisters Aleksandra (12) and Andjelija (14) Jovanovic, we further fear for our children.

This is how residents of Vreoci, Serbian village near Gracanica, describe what they are experiencing for Serbian daily “Vecernje Novosti”. Upset about the incident that happened a few days ago, when Albanians in a car intercepted two underage girls, hitting one of them, residents of Preoci say that they are not safe and that there is no one to protect them.

“Although my daughters still can not recover from the incident, we did not report the case to the police because there is simply no point. They only listen and usually do nothing to find perpetrators,” said Danijela Jovanovic (34), mother of the girls who were attacked by Albanians.

Although she still does not know what were their ultimate intentions, only to intimidate, hurt or kidnap them, Danijela says that, although there were no major consequences the incident has likely achieved the ultimate goal of Albanians – to intimidate and upset them.

Danijela said for Serbian daily that the incident took place on Sunday night around 8pm. Worried mother said she was with Aleksandra and Andjelija in visit to relatives, from where she headed to home before the girls.

“Since I was in a hurry, they were a little behind me, and younger Aleksandra in the meantime ran to the store so Andjelija was left alone on the street. As she told me, a gray metallic car was passing by when it suddenly braked and a man from the vehicle hit her with his hand in the back. She began to scream and, luckily, another car passed by at the moment, which is why the first one went on,” said Danijela and stressed that her daughter did not see how many people were in the vehicle because of the dark, but that she heard them talking in Albanian.

The girl, now joined by her younger sister, returned to relatives who drove them to their home, a few hundred meters away.

“Unfortunately, this is our everyday life and, worst of all, the question is whether something will change in foreseeable future because we have no one to rely upon when it comes to safety,” say the residents of this Serbian village which has about 150 houses.

They say that they can not rely upon Kosovo police, therefore they propose at least occasional KFOR patrols through the village, as it was the case in the first years after the international community came to Kosovo.


  1. As an Albanian these ladies should havw just shot these assholes. First of all who the hell targets women. And what did these guys even accomplish by doing this. Can we all just freaking live in peace. I’m from Kosovo and I have plenty of Serbian friends from Brezovica. Like if I can do it and my family then others should start to.

  2. Serbian kids in Kosovo should have some self-defense training and/or carry defensive weapons. Also where good running shoes – safety is more important than fashion!

  3. Crime is prevalent in most countries. I am an Albanian and it goes both ways. I had relatives beaten by Macedonians and Serbs. And it’s wrong either way. But in Kosova most crimes committed are from Albanians to other Albanians. Many Albanians beaten, and killed by rival Albanian groups. I wouldn’t say these girls are victims of crimes just because they are Serbian. I really doubt that people can tell if they were Serbian or Albanian since you can’t tell by just looking at them.
    Also to all Serbs please stop using ”Muslim” to identify Albanians. We are not fanatic about religion and most Albanians hate their religions whether they are Muslim,Orthodox or Catholic. Yes we do have those religions too. You identify by your religion which is the reason you killed 250,000 of your own Muslim Serbian kind of people. It was the Serbs who killed 250,000 Bosnian Muslims. You are like NATO you look the other way when you commit your own massacres. The biggest terrorism that went on in Yugoslavia was against Bosnian Muslims by the Serbs.
    As for the Kosova police. They were formed by NATO not Albanians. They are not there to serve Albanians and never have so far. They work against Albanians and have beaten and arrested many Albanians who protest. So how can you expect them to protect serbs if they arrest, beat and jail their own Albanian people by NATO’s orders?

    • That 250,000 number was found to be false over a decade ago. A large team researchers, head by 2 Norwegians, and hired by the ICTY went over every single claim and name, and they discovered that the Bosnian Muslims were counting the SAME PEOPLE MULTIPLE TIMES. That they were also counting their dead soldiers ALSO as civilians.
      The total number was found to be less than 98,000 and that is including all the missing, and that is the total of all sides, including Serbs and Croats, as well as moderate Bosnian Muslims, under leader Fikret Abdic, who were killed by the Bosnian Muslims under leader Alija Izetbegovic.

      And further, most of the dead were soldiers.

  4. Saab — you yourself have fallen for propaganda. Those fellows knew the girls were Serbian because they live in a Serbian location. Second, it is well documented that the 250,000 number killed was propaganda. Fewer than 100,000 of ALL ethnicities died. A large number but the story of victimhood has been appropriated by one group.

  5. Saab — I forgot to add — I appreciate your desire to be even handed but I have to state a fact where I know it.

  6. Sensible people from all ethnic groups need to root out the thugs who pick on children. There used to be a code of honour amongst both Serbs and Albanians that wouldn’t tolerate this kind of behaviour.
    Are there decent Albanians out there? Are they willing to stand up and protect their vulnerable Serb neighbours from hooligans? Or has racism blinded them. Why are old women and children living in fear. Where is the common thread of decency. The war ended a long time ago. Albanians supposedly run their own affairs now right? No excuses then. Eradicate the troublemakers. Protect those that can’t protect themselves. An old family friend of ours once said that he heard a story about some Albanian soldiers in the Royal Yugoslav army in 1941. As Yugoslavia disintegrated and Croats and other ethnic groups deserted and aided the invaders, all hope seemed lost. A Guards officer apparently told the Albanians to go home to their families as the war was over. But they refused. They said they had sworn an oath of allegiance to the King, and only he could release from their pledge. Otherwise they would die fighting his enemies, whoever they may be. We must all rekindle that code of honour and decency that protect the vulnerable.