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Kosovo villagers say Yugoslav army diary details massacre

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A man is comforted by a friend as he weeps in the ruins of his home after discovering charred bones he believes are his father's remains

CNN's Nic Robertson reports on what some Kosovars say is evidence of an ordered massacre (July 16)
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Rebuilding Kosovo
Focus on Kosovo

July 16, 1999
Web posted at: 7:46 p.m. EDT (2346 GMT)

GODEN, Kosovo (CNN) -- Bullet-riddled walls and charred bone fragments and clothing attest to a mass killing believed to have taken place in a burned house in Kosovo, one of many such sites scattered across the province.

Proving the killings were part of a planned campaign by Yugoslav forces requires painstaking forensic analysis by war crimes investigators.

But in Goden, villagers say they have the documents to prove the Yugoslav army supervised the eviction of ethnic Albanians from the village and the execution of 20 men.

Immediately after NATO began its bombing campaign, Goden residents say the Yugoslav army forced them from their homes.

"Then they said, 'We will execute you all,'" said one villager, named Hurat. "But then they separated out 20 of the men. The rest went up the hill."

The survivors went to Albania and never saw the 20 others again.

But when they returned to Goden after Yugoslav troops withdrew from Kosovo, they said they found evidence that the missing men were murdered.

Villagers gave the Kosovo Liberation Army a diary kept by a Yugoslav army officer. The entry for March 25 seems to confirm their worst fears.

It reads: "7 soldiers took part in the cleansing of Goden ... they used 222 7.62 mm rounds."

Xheudet, whose brother and cousins are among the 20 missing men, is using the diary to make a list of those he thinks are responsible for the killings.

He calls the Yugoslav army a "criminal army" and says those who committed crimes should be sent to the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague. But, he adds, they should be punished by Kosovar Albanians first.

For Xheudet and the other villagers in Goden, the diary helps confirm the hints of a massacre that litter the ruins of the charred house. But in their hearts, judgment has already been passed.

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  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosovo - from

  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis

Resettlement Agencies Helping Kosovars in U.S.:
  • Church World Service
  • Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Iowa Department of Human Services
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Immigration and Refugee Services of America
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • United States Catholic Conference

  • UNICEF: Kosovo
  • World Relief
  • Doctors without borders
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
  • Doctors of the World
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Mercy International

  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis

  • Expanded list of related sites on Kosovo
  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
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