“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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Meeting neighbors: a week in Velika Hoča/Hoçë e Madhe

44497877_507786036362616_4063299139465641984_nFrom 24th until 29th of September 2018 a cultural exchange took place in the village of Velika Hoča/Hoçë e Madhe. Organized by GAIA Kosovo and Draganac Monastery, with the support of World Vision, the exchange gathered 16 participants from different places of Kosovo such as Drenas, Vushtrri, Mitrovica, Skenderaj, Prishtina, Rahovec but also from Albania, Serbia, Austria and France. It was a chance for them to explore cultural heritage sites in Velika Hoča/Hoçë e Madhe, Prizren, Peć/Peja, and to learn how culture, peace and religion interrelate in Kosovo.

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