A publication by Raska and Prizren Orthodox Diocese documenting the post war systematic destruction of the Christian Serb Orthodox heritage in Kosovo and Metohija. More than 100 churches and monasteries have been destroyed or desecratedby Kosovo Albanian extremists despite the presence of UN Mission and NATO troops in Kosovo.
We also wish to make our appeal to all Kosovo Albanians, who undoubtedly see their future in coexistence with the Serbs, to resist and not allow the acts of insanity to happen.
In Kosovo and Metohija there will be no victory of humanity and justice while revenge and disorder prevail. No one has a moral right to celebrate victory complacently for as long as one kind of evil replaces another and the freedom of one people rests upon the slavery of another.
of Athens and All Greece His Beatitude Kyr Christodulos
The church of the Holy Virgin in Musutiste was built in 1315 and was destroyed in 1999
The monastery of St. Mark was built in 1417 and was destroyed in 1999
The church of St. Nicholas was built in the 16th century and was destroyed in 1999
From Kabul to Kosovo
The barbaric destruction of the gigantic Buddhas in Afganistan has provoked a justified hue of worldwide protests. Believers and nonbelievers alike, all civilized people are recoiling in pain at this intolerable assault on culture. It is not only an attack on the artistic heritage of mankind, but also on human history and our collective memory.
Sadly, as I write
these lines, the Talibans have already reduced to a pile of rubble the
sandstone cliffs where pious Buddhist monks infused a soul so long ago.
None of the great powers has dared to send troops into the Afghan's
hornet's nest to save those priceless treasures. Even if, to some extent,
this failure can be justified by the wish to save human lives, one cannot
understand how, in Kosovo, in the heart of Europe, in the presence of
U.N. troops, the West is unflinchingly witnessing the destruction of
the monuments of a civilization which, in the final analysis, is one
of its own. Who can believe commanders of the United Nations' Kosovo
Protection Force (KFOR) - an army of 40,000 soldiers and 2,000 policemen
deployed in an area no larger than a single department of France- who
say they do not have sufficient means to protect the Serb communities
from Albanian extremists nor to stop the destruction of almost a hundred
* churches and monasteries, some of which were adorned with magnificent
frescoes dating back to the Middle Ages? How is it that the same western
leaders and intellectuals who only yesterday were demonizing the Serbs
with allegations of all crimes imaginable, are so cowardly silent today?
How to save our centuries long heritage from Kosovo Albanian barbarism?