Serbs have marked All Souls Day on Saturday by visiting the cemeteries in Kosovo, Radio kontakt plus reported.
Several hundreds of Serbs from Mitrovica North visited the cemetery located in the southern part of the city. Approximately 90 percent of tombstones located in this cemetery remain demolished, while the chapel has been reconstructed.
Meanwhile, KIM Radio reports that every year in Pristina less and less people are visiting the graveyards of their beloved ones. The cemetery is covered with bushes, while empty graves are noticeable. Serbs expelled from Pristina following the conflict and its aftermath more frequently take away the mortal remains of their family members who were buried in Pristina cemetery, to rebury them in their current places of residence.
Only few Serbs came to visit the graveyards in Pristina this Saturday. They found bushes and uncleaned cemetery. They said they are disappointed because of that, but also over the fact that less and less people are coming to the cemetery.
Kosara, who lives in Pristina, says people are disappointed to see that mortal remains are taken away from the cemetery. “I think they should stay here, this is their place, even if this place is left without a single tree, or a stone, for others to know that this is an Orthodox cemetery.”
Serbian Orthodox Church priest Sasa Mitrovic said that “digging out the graves and the relocation of the mortal remains is not in accordance with the Orthodox faith,” adding “they should remain where they have been buried.”
Radio kontakt plus also reported that Serbian cemetery in the village of Petrovic in Stimlje municipality is almost completely destroyed. Aleksandar Canovic from Lipljan came with his father to visit the cemetery where his grandfather Radonja was buried.
He said he is disappointed with the condition of the cemetery. It is covered with bushes, tombstones are demolished, marble plaques taken away. The cemetery is covered with waste, while the remains of dead animals can be seen as well. The two Canovics were the only Serbs that visited this cemetery. Around 170 Serbs used to live in the Stimlje municipality until 1999.