Information Service of
the Serbian Orthodox Church
March 20, 2004


ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, March 20, 2004, 01:40

The entire Serb quarter in Prizren, Potkaljaja, has been burned. Once again it has been confirmed that the churches of Christ the Savior, St. Nedelja, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, and St. Panteleimon have been burned and destroyed in this part of the city, in addition to the Mother of God of Ljevis, St. George, the old church of St. George (Runjevic church), and the Church of St. Nicholas (Tutic church). According to this information, all (8) Prizren churches have been burned, as well as Sts. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, the Diocese seat and Holy Archangels Monstery outside the city.

Armed Albanians were breaking into Serb houses and abusing and beating up old people. Jelena Gigic says that a member of the Kosovo Police Service threw her on the balcony and stomped on her with his feet.

Leposava Pitovic of Potkaljaje and her neighbors were brutally beaten. Elderly Vojislav Jeftic's arm was broken. Also beaten up were teacher Dobrila Dosavic and her grandson. Like most Serbs, they are presently in the military base of German KFOR.

During the torching of the Seminary Olga Filipovic and her daughter were hurt and they are now in the city hospital in Prizren.

Today, March 19, the remaining buildings of the Prizren Seminary complex were also set on fire.

According to Albanian television KOHA VISION the carbonized body of a Serb has been pulled from the burned Seminary building . According to innitial information it is Dragan Nedeljkovic, a Serb (55) . Prior to the burning the Seminary was home to eight Serb refugees who were ejected from their homes by the Albanians in 1999. Among them were two children and a pregnant woman.