Stories Dedicated to the issue of missing persons from the last war in Kosovo

Story #3

“Something happened, don’t cry!”
(Interview with Nezir Avdyli)
“Two of my sons disappeared; we have found the body of only one”
(Interview with Hamide Avdyli)
Parents of eight children, Nezir and Hamide Avdyli, remember the time when the war separated them from two of their sons, whom they have not seen since. Three of their boys, Fadili (24), Fatmiri (18) and Kujtim (16), were separated from the family when they joined the large convoy of people being deported. Kujtim, together with some of his cousins, managed to hide in a hut. The other two brothers were pulled from the convoy, along with others, into the yard of a house. There, Fatmir was killed while Fadil managed to flee, but with his arm wounded. He met one of his neighbours, who bandaged the wound. This was the last person to report seeing Fadil alive.
Today, twenty years later, the family still knows nothing about Fadil’s fate, despite the efforts that his father Nezir and brother Kujtim have made to find him. Hamide tells how Fadil often comes to her in her dreams saying: “Come mother, come with me because I don’t have time! Come join me too!”
His parents are living in hope that they will, in their lifetime, at least find the remains of their missing son.
These stories are part of “Living with memories of the missing: Memory book with stories of family members of the missing from the last war in Kosovo”, implemented by forumZFD program in Kosovo and Integra, in cooperation with Missing Persons Resource Centre, with the support of Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Rockefeller Brothers and Swiss Embassy in Kosovo)