Inadequate investigations by international organisations and political tensions between Pristina and Belgrade have meant that several hundred Serbs who disappeared during and after the Kosovo war have not been found.
Andrija Tomanovic, the head of the surgery clinic at the Clinical Hospital Centre in Pristina, called his daughter Jelena on June 24, 1999 at around 1pm to tell her he was on his way home from work.
The Kosovo war had officially been ended by the Kumanovo Agreement on June 9 that year. The NATO bombing of Yugoslavia had stopped, Belgrade’s army and police forces had withdrawn from Kosovo to Serbia, and the UN’s Interim Administration Mission, UNMIK, and the NATO-led Kosovo Force, KFOR, had been deployed to deal with security.
One of KFOR’s checkpoints was in front of the Pristina Clinical Hospital Centre on June 24 when Tomanovic was seen for the last time.
Twenty years later, on August 30, the International Day of the Disappeared, the Serb doctor is still listed as a missing person.