Mother Theresa Society
The population of Pristina has doubled due to the influx of internally
displaced persons from destroyed rural villages. Mother Theresa
Society, a humanitarian agency named after the beloved Nobel Laureate
nun, operated dozens of small medical clinics or ambulantas throughout
Kosovo. Branches in the US and Europe regularly collected donations
of aid but these have stopped coming. On our second day in Kosovo
in July, their office in Pristina distributed its last shipment
of salt, margarine, oil and flour to displaced families living in
the Ulpijanna neighborhood. They had been dependent on this service
for the past year.
We dont have enough food. We served 400
people today, said aid worker, Ragip Mehmeti. I dont
know what well do. They need food desperately and think we
are hiding it from them. Some are starving. There was no milk
for children or infant formula.
If they stop this aid, we will die. We dont
have an income, said Emine Zegiri from the village of Hada
near Obilic. She has four children and lives with eleven family
members outside in a tent. No one came to ask us if we have
enough food or what well do. We depend on the good will of
people. She pleaded with us to build her a small house. Thousands
of Kosovars are in similar situations.
Isa Shala, a former farmer, used to live near Klina.
He saw his house burned. It was just me that survived. I went
to 50 villages total without food. Others helped me. Without
them, I would have died in the mountains.
I want my own government for Kosovo. We have
always lived badly. Thank you to the USA. Without you, we couldnt
do anything. You helped liberate us. Now we need you. Dont
forget us. The ideal society is to have people living together,
to have love, and to have prosperity for all. It was unclear
if his vision included Serbs.