Danish soldiers beat prioress of Sokolica
Monastery in Mitrovica
Emperor's clothes note: NATO's 'explanation'
was they thought she was an Egyptian woman
because Egyptians dress like Orthodox nuns.
Apparently, beating an Egyptian would be
'Politika' [Yugoslav newspaper]
Kosovska Mitrovica, August 22
The arrogant behavior of members of KFOR and
the UNMIK police in the northern part of
Kosovo during "routine" controls at permanent
and temporary check-points has exceeded all
measure in recent days. For three days now
hardly anyone can pass along the main road
from Kosovska Mitrovica - Leposavic by the
newly formed checkpoint at the spot called
"Kod Simonide" ("At Simonida's"), held by
Danish soldiers, without being subjected to
mistreatment, a detailed search and beatings
as well. Danish soldiers at this check-point
are especially rough toward the clergy.
Recently they stopped the prioress of Sokolica
Monastery, Mother Dr. Makarija (Obradovic),
who was returning from Kraljevo to the
monastery, and forced her to get out of the
automobile by beating her.
"They stopped me and since I could not
understand what they were saying, I answered
that I could communicate with them in either
Serbian, or in the English, German, Greek or
Slovenian languages and I simply did not
understand what they were saying. At that
moment, one of the soldiers swung his arm
and struck me on the neck. Humiliated, in pain
which caused me to see stars in the middle of
the day, I reacted humanly, as any elderly
woman would. I cried while they searched my
automobile," the prioress of Sokolica
monastery, Dr. Makarija, told us.
An artist herself and a former professer of
Byzantine art at the Swedish Royal Academy,
Dr. Makarija was a professor of physical
chemistry at the University of Belgrade prior
to taking her vows; for the past ten years,
she has been the head of the one of the most
renowned schools of iconography, besides
Krska, which is located inside Sokolica
Monastery, seven kilometers from Kosovska
Even more ironically, she subsequently
received a cynical explanation from KFOR that
the Danish soldiers thought she was an
Egyptian woman because women of that
country wear black dresses similiar to the
robes worn by Christian Orthodox nuns.
Translated by S. Lazovic (August 23, 2000)
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