Sunday, October 16, 2011

Boj za Kosovo

My name is Filip Filipi and I am a musician and political science student from Victoria, Canada. I am also co-founder of 28.Jun, a Serbian organization engaged in political, social and philanthropic functions pertaining to Serbian interests. I was born in Belgrade but I lived in Krajina together with my family until the war forced us to immigrate to Canada when I was 7 years old. My maternal grandmother is from a village called Rtica by the town of Podujevo in northern Kosovo. The town became infamous during the 2004 March Pogroms as the scene of the widely circulated video in which Albanian extremists desecrate the Saint Elijah Church. My paternal grandmother is from a village called Kistanje in northern Dalmatia which was completely burnt down and destroyed during Operation Storm in 1995. Ironically, it was later re-settled by Croats from Kosovo to ensure Serbs wouldn't regain demographic superiority. The ethnic cleansing committed against Serbs has had a direct impact on my family and this is why I feel a particular connection to Serbs fighting for survival in Kosovo.

After the shooting of unarmed Serbian civilians by K-FOR troops in Kosovo on 27 September 2011, I decided to channel my efforts into doing whatever I could to ease the suffering of the remaining Serbs there. I am preparing to release a track named 'Kosovka' to initiate my fanbase into a charitable and worthy cause. After weeks of research, I was alerted to the efforts of a young medical student named Slavko Tokanovic as well as the Serbian Orthodox Youth Association (SOYA) in Australia. Slavko spent a month in Kosovo last summer working closely with the Health Center Gracanica located in the isolated Serbian enclave in central Kosovo. During his time there, Slavko found that the Serbs had been left without a viable health network after being forcibly displaced from throughout Kosovo and Metohia after 1999. Ethnic segregation meant that Serbs were unable to access health care due to everyday discrimination and dangers they experienced from the side of the Albanians. Serbs of Kosovo and Metohia have since been building clinics and hospitals with what little they have and initial help from the side of humanitarian actions and the Serbian government. Slavko assessed which medical equipment and supplies were most critically needed and together with SOYA, raised the funds to purchase and deliver them to the Health Center Gracanica. Despite these efforts much more help is needed to get supplies and equipment to the Serbs living in these isolated areas in central and southern Kosovo. I am thus endeavoring to help raise money to aid our Serbian brothers and sisters, and I was truly honored when Slavko, SOYA and the Health Center Gracanica got on board on this project.

As a student of political science and someone with a keen personal interest in international relations, I saw with abundant clarity the double-standards under which the West tends to operate.  It was of no surprise to me, therefore, that Albanians were favored even when it came to such basic human needs as healthcare. With insufficient aid, constant hostility and harassment by Albanians and the belligerence and bias of K-FOR, Serbs in Kosovo feel isolated and somewhat abandoned. Here’s an opportunity for Serbs worldwide, as well as global citizens who are pro-justice,  to show support for our brothers and sisters in Kosovo and Metohia, who are in dire need. The time has come for us to reject this rampant defeatism and to help the too-often overlooked Serbian people in Kosovo. The least we could do is aid and enable our doctors heal our people.

The situation in Kosovo and Metohia may look bleak but it is far from over. As long as there are Serbs living in Serbia’s southern province, it is the duty of every global citizen to do everything in their power to ensure Serbs continue to live on their land without feeling oppressed and dehumanized. It is important to remember that Serbia was occupied for 500 years by the Ottoman empire and yet, she emerged stronger than ever with her culture, religion and territory intact. What is 12 years compared to 5 centuries? The entire history of Serbia is littered by periods of occupation by larger empires and their vassals, yet her very existence is testament to who emerged victorious. What makes NATO insusceptible to this fate?

We have patience, we have inat and most importantly we have justice on our side. We will regain the heartland of our country but ONLY if we are united.


WAYS TO HELP (100% of proceeds will go directly to the charity unless otherwise noted)

Download 'Kosovka' on iTunes for $0.99 http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kosovka-feat.-laws-single/id472541521

Download 'Kosovka' on Bandcamp for $0.99 or more (name your price) http://filipfilipi.bandcamp.com/track/kosovka-ft-laws

For larger donations please wire money to:

Serbian Orthodox Youth Association (SOYA) Inc.
Address: 4/62 King George Pde, Dandenong 3175, VIC

Bank Name: National Australia Bank (NAB)
Bank Address: Chadstone Shopping Centre, Shop F025 Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone, VIC 3148, AUS
Bank Number, BSB: 083-187
Account Number: 16-916-5564
Swift Code: NATAAU3302S

Order 7/8" 28.Jun Buttons (Set of 5) for $8.99 http://28jun.bigcartel.com/product/7-8-28-jun-buttons-set-of-5

Order 18" x 24" Kosovka Poster for $24.99 http://28jun.bigcartel.com/product/18-x-24-kosovka-poster

Order 24" x 36" Kosovka Canvas Painting for $299.99 http://28jun.bigcartel.com/product/24-x-36-kosovka-canvas-painting

*50% of profits of the pins and posters will go to the ‘Boj za Kosovo’ Charity, the other 50% will be used for other 28.Jun projects


MORE INFORMATION ON THE STATE OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN KOSOVO


http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49e48d9f6.html

http://www.refugees.org/resources/refugee-warehousing/archived-world-refugee-surveys/2009-wrs-country-updates/serbia.html

http://www.internal-displacement.org/8025708F004CE90B/(httpCountries)/A6A36317DA8D29A1802570A7004CAB90?opendocument


IMPORTANT

I am aware that there are a lot of scams out there, I have taken every possible step to ensure ALL of the proceeds will go directly to the the causes described above. ANY MEDIA OUTLETS COVERING THIS STORY OR ORGANIZATIONS INTERESTED IN DONATING FUNDS THAT HAVE ANY DOUBT OR CONCERNS WITH REGARDS TO ALLOCATION OF THE MONEY RAISED ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT US FOR A FULL CONTACT LIST OF ALL ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED AND THE PERSONAL EMAIL OF THE INDEPENDENT AUDITOR