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      Marilina Veca
      • 25. November 2019.
    • "From the first moment Kosovo and Metohija were for me a fight for truth and justice: it was my life, my blood, my hope, my anger."

      When a petition was submitted to the Italian Government in February 2019 requesting to review the recognition of the so-called state of Kosovo, among thousands of others thre was a name hiding a 20-year-old committed to uncovering the truth about the lives of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija after the arrival of KFOR peacekeepers. A signature bearing the personal touch, a way of thinking about the experience of a community, is a debt of honor and belongs to Marilina Veca.

      Acknowledging the recognition of Kosovo as the utmost shame, Marilina Veca openly warns with sincerity and professional integrity, "The part of the international community recognizes Kosovo as a state, in fact it is a bandit nest where there is absolutely no law, especially not for Serbs."

      Talks she had with Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, especially with families of abductees, whom she considers primarily invited to speak about "the so-called Kosovo statehood established by NATO bombs," make the substantive core of her oeuvre: "Kosovo lost", "Landscape of the Soul", "Prison under the Open sky "and "Wolf's heart". Dramatic reports of the history of violent deaths, confessions of terror and suffering as well as the survival of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, have reached the dormant Europe through the weeping voice of Marilina Veca.

      She was the first to reveal the story about the victims of depleted uranium in Kosovo and Metohija among Italian soldiers, the first to warn about the human organs trafficking from abducted Kosovo Serbs. ”More than 2,000 Serbs went missing before the eyes of so-called international community and no one seems to care. So I had an overwhelming desire to tell the world what I heard from the families of the missing. "

      In the apocalyptically devastated world presented in "The Head of the Hydra", she talks about human personification of indifference, pointing to a thin line between indifference and guilt. Drawing inspiration from the narrative fragments of Auschwitz survivor, Jean Améry - A Forgiving and Forgetting World has condemned me, not those who committed horror - Marilina Veca chooses not to forgive and not to allow the right to forget. Thoroughly contesting the tradition of indifference seems as the only hope for the forgotten.

      Maria Lina Veca is a journalist and publicist with a degree from the Sapienza University of Rome and a specialization in paleography at the Vatican Secret Archives. Since 1993 she has been a meticulous chronicler of the military actions and ethnic conflicts. She has followed the Ibis Mission in Somalia and has been engaged in "Balkan scenario" since 1999. Her books, "The Somalia Scandal - The Anatomy of a Lie," as well as "Moro Could Be Saved" - are the experimental workshop of journalistic unrest in contemporary society.

      Marilina Veca converted to Orthodoxy and was named Vukosava.

      As president of the non-profit organization, in colaboration with the UNESCO-supported "Arc of Peace" project, she supports and aids various peace projects while organizing humanitarian aid for Serbs in Kosovo and Metohijaenclaves.

      By opposing privileged interpreters of contemporaneity, Marilina Veca had the strength to bring to light the truth about terrible crimes against Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, and provided a well-rounded and convincing testimony of our time (storm of life).

      For perseverance in truthfulness, freedom of mind and uncompromising dedication to meeting the standards of the profession, for a knightly attitude to the truth as a legacy for the future - the Karic Foundation honors Marilina Veca the Karic Brothers Award for Excellence in Journalism.

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