Interviewer: Can you introduce and tell us something more about yourself?
Interviewee: Hello, I am Marija; I’m from Leposavić. I am 33 years old, mother of two children, wife. That is the most important thing I can say about myself for now.
Interviewer: Hmm. Where did you live before the war?
Interviewee: Before the war, I lived in the municipality of Leposavić, and I am still here today. The only change is that I lived in the village of Krnjin, and now I am in the town of Leposavić. That’s it.
Interviewee: A bit closer.
Interviewer: Can you describe the life before the war?
Interviewee: Given that I am 33 years old, before the war were some young years, so to speak. I do not know. I was 12-13 years old when there was a war. Therefore, I can only talk about my childhood. It was mostly filled with beautiful things. I do not know. It was very interesting.
Interviewee: There were some good events, socializing, and that would be it, in essence.
Interviewer: Hmm. What were the relations, do you remember, of your parents, or you, if you had relationships then with Albanians or others?
Interviewee: Since these were the times of war, they mostly talked with some fear, be it about Albanians, Croats, Bosnians.. It was the time of war, I don’t know. All those people who were of some other national…
Interviewee: National affiliations were somehow viewed with some fear at the time; at least that’s how I remember it.
Interviewee: Croats, I also say Bosnians, and later Albanians.
Interviewer: Where and with whom did you live at the beginning of the war?
Interviewee: At the beginning of the war, I lived with my parents, grandparents, sisters, brother. It was our extended family, close and extended family.
Interviewer: Probably in Krnjin then, yes?
Interviewee: Well, yes, in Krnjin.
Interviewer: During the war, did you move to safer places or did you live all the time there during the war?
Interviewee: Well, we did not move during the war, but we had, let me say guests, people who fled from some war, urban areas, or where it was not very safe to live, so they lived with us. It was some of our close relatives, so, we didn’t move, but we had people who came to live with us for some time during the bombing and the war in Kosovo.
Interviewer: Yes. Yes, they were looking for a safe place. Would you share with us some difficult and some beautiful, if there were any, moments that you remember from that period.
Interviewee: Well, one of the most difficult moments for me was the moment when I saw that the first grenade or whatever it was, fell on Kopaonik. And a nice moment, I would name the one when my father returned from the battlefield.
Interviewer: Yeah. How do you feel today, that is, what is the feeling you have today when you remember that period of the war?
Interviewee: Well, somehow the most… I don’t like to remember… I mean, I don’t know. I’d rather remember some nice things. We are such people that we made, I don’t know, anecdotes from some serious things. And even then we were children, maybe some nicer gatherings. And some things like that, I don’t know. Somehow, those bad things were erased from my memory. I mean when we dig a little deeper, we certainly remember some of those creepy things, I mean, the bombing, everything, uh, the news that someone died on the battlefield and similar, but not so often. I mean, when I dig a little deeper then yes, there… there are things. But, when I talk about the war and the bombing and the conflict in general, I can’t say a good memory, but somehow those ugly things were also erased. Somehow, I just don’t want to remember the war.