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Art of Kosovo refugee children depicts horrors of war

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May 22, 1999
Web posted at: 7:45 p.m. EDT (2345 GMT)

TETOVO, Macedonia (CNN) -- As art imitates life, so it does death. In a Macedonian refugee camp, ethnic Albanian children who have been forced to flee Kosovo hauntingly illustrate atrocities taking place in their home province.

A refugee school administered by the United Nations at the camp has put together an exhibition of the students' work. The drawings and paintings reveal grisly scenes: attacking soldiers, burning houses, dead bodies.

One artist depicts his 79-year-old uncle, his body riddled with bullets.

Arcim drew a Serb policemen shooting his father in the neck. His home is ablaze. NATO Apache helicopters hover overhead, too high to help. The 12-year-old said he wants to become a Kosovo Liberation Army fighter to avenge his father's death.

Others recreated similar scenes of death and destruction. Selveta explained one of her works: "Burning houses in the village, and Serb tanks attacking them so we have to run away and spend our lives in other peoples' homes."

Dafina drew a forest, where she hid for almost a week after Serb soldiers kicked ethnic Albanians out of her village.

"There was nothing to eat or drink," said the young artist.

Serb forces have reportedly intensified attacks against ethnic Albanian rebels and civilians in Kosovo since NATO began airstrikes against the Serb-dominated Yugoslav federation in late March.

Correspondent Kasra Naji contributed to this report.


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RELATED SITES:
Extensive list of Kosovo-related sites:
  • Kosovo

Yugoslavia:
  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

Kosovo:
  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosova Liberation Peace Movement
  • Kosovo - from Albanian.com

Military:
  • F-117s arrive at Aviano to support possible NATO operations
  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis


Relief:
  • World Relief
  • USA for UNHCR
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
  • Doctors of the World
  • The IOM Migration Web
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Mercy International


Media:
  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis


Other:
  • Expanded list of related sites on Kosovo
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Tribune
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of P.R.China
  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
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