My name is Kristian Kahrs, and from January 2000 and seven months, I served as a press officer in KFOR, NATO’s peacekeeping force in Kosovo. When I was working in KFOR, I believed that we, the West and the enlightened democracies were the ones to show Balkan people how to live.
In 2000 I was very naive, and looking back at what I wrote as a press officer is not at all a pleasant experience. Many things have contributed to a more nuanced picture of the reality, and the first sign that made me start thinking happened on Feb. 16, 2001. At this time I was in Pristina, and I heard about a large bus bomb in Podujevo close to the provincial border of Merdare.
I came there one and a half hour after the explosion of an IED, and to this day, I remember the smell, the body parts and the blood. Twelve people died this day, including two year-old Danilo, and they were protected by KFOR, but we were not able to prevent this terrorist attack.
And in February 2011, I received strong reaction, maybe a post traumatic reaction even if I am not diagnosed with PTSD, 11 years after my time in KFOR had finished. Read more about this in my article Sorry, Serbia.
Српски: ова категорија је за оне који мисле да је превише на енглеском језику на sorryserbia.com. Можда је наслов и уводни параграф је на енглеском, али садржај је на српском. Поделите и коментаришите на друштвеним мрежама као што су фејсбук, твитер и гугл+
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