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Mourning Rinas, Child Casualty of the Kosovo War (Balkan Insight)

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n the night of March 24, 1999, Lumnije Musaj put her five-year-old son Rinas to bed for the last time at their home in the village of Mojstir, near the western Kosovo town of Istog/Istok.

The NATO air strikes on Yugoslavia had begun that evening and Musaj and her husband did not sleep all night.

The next morning, she and other ethnic Albanian residents of the village left their houses, heading for Albania and safety. But they were repeatedly halted by Serbian forces, and on April 5, they were forced to go back home to Mojstir.

During the 78-day NATO bombing campaign, Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic initially pressed ahead defiantly with his military campaign against the Kosovo Liberation Army and continued to expel Kosovo Albanian civilians from their homes.

On April 6, the Yugoslav Army surrounded Mojstir, which before the war was an ethnically-mixed Albanian/Serb village. The troops threw grenades at houses where the remaining ethnic Albanians had gathered.

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