“We have more bridges now, but back then, we used to be more united although we only had one bridge”

         Mitrovica’s rivers have been at the core of the city’s life as long as people can recall. The Ibar, Sitnica and Lushta rivers have surrounded inhabitants lives, and through decades they have evolved with the transformation of the city. On Saturday 23 March 2019 we invited three Mitrovicali whose lives have been deeply connected with the rivers of Mitrovica. Through their testimonies and anecdotes we considered the necessity to protect our environment and nature.

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“When you practice a sport, you’re not supposed to look at nationalities. You’re just friends, seeking to play together”

           From the Ancient Olympic Games to the next Football World Cup, sports have always had a tremendous importance in our civilizations. From the kids playing ball in a remote field to a renown professional champion, sport is an adventure that no one escapes from. It shapes who we are, as individuals and as groups of people. We go to the stadium, dress in the colours of our club, scream and cry, chant and cheer, to support our team. Because sports are a matter of “us”, of togetherness, of encounters and friendship. Mitrovica has been associated with the world of sports for a long time now. On Friday 22 February, we wanted to hear more about this particular history by asking the ones who made the city of sports, by playing with its colours for decades.

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“When we arrived by train, what struck me the most were the lights. Mitrovica was full of lights”

         The past always has much to tell. Its stories are even more striking when change has been so brutal. On Saturday 19th January 2019, three women who lived long and fruitful lives in Mitrovica, three women from very different backgrounds linked by a common love for their city, came in the Diakonie Youth Center to share what they have to say about this town. Around twenty people came to listen to their stories, ones of ordinary lives for an Albanian, a Serbian and a Bosniak woman in Yugoslavian Mitrovica. A history sometimes forgotten, unknown by the youngest, some of whom were present in the audience.

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Impressions of Ismael about Gracanica Summer Workcamp

After our workcamp in Imaginatorium, GAIAs educational center in Gracanica, I feel like a student who has just graduated from school and, looking back, reflects on the things he learnt, the ways he changed and the friends he made throughout those years, though in my case I was only there for little more than a couple of weeks. One of the wonders of life is that the whole of it can be experienced in a seemingly short time, and I can contemplate all things, from birth to death, by going through my memories of these past few days, from our meetings before participants came, during which, like parents who are expecting their first child, we made detailed plans and schedules and worried about all that might have gone wrong, all the way to the end, when the time came to say goodbye and many kids – and grown-up volunteers as well – could not contain their tears. Continue reading “Impressions of Ismael about Gracanica Summer Workcamp”

Doing long term volunteering in Germany (Leotrime from Kosovo)

Volunteering with Friedenskreis Halle e.V. was more than just being abroad and working
in one place of assignment. The whole experience was a learning process. It was a process of growing personally and professionally. This experience has helped me become more independent, more organized, self-confident, it has even changed my approach towards various things. No matter how cliché it may sound, being a volunteer is indeed a life changing experience.

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I did my voluntary service in the elementary school Evangelische Grundschule Halle.

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