Holy Archangels' Monastery near Prizren, Serbia

"You showed me the church of Yours as the source of health", Dusan's gift charter. -Full reconstruction was interrupted... -In June 1999 a monk from the monastery, Fr. Chariton, was abducted. -Now - a spiritual center gathering the remaining Orthodox people from Prizren and around. The young monastic brotherhood is full of religious enthusiasm and remains confident that one day Holy Archangels will be completely reconstructed.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

ON 17TH MARCH 2004 – AN EVIDENCE

On 17th March 2004. a part of mob which destroyed orthodox churches, houses in Prizren came by foot to Monastery. They came face to face with German guard. When monks asked Bishop what to do, he said to surrender in KFOR hands because they are responsible.Monks were asking themselves why KFOR didn't blocked a road from Prizren to Monastery. Completely unprepared for such an event? This was a time when most of internationals were coloring reality in Kosovo, together with KFOR stuff. In incidents before (kidnapping a monk, bomb above Monastery, stonening a monk) none of perpetuators were punished. One month before riots appeared, escorted monks have been attacked in KFOR vehicles (It is recorded by German Zepo film company). KFOR simply cover event mislead public. Instead of improving security KFOR was trying to promote Kosovo institutions. Monks were pushed to ask Kosovo Police for escorts (most of their members are connected with terrorist incidents, in 2005. year they organized three attacks to their own Serbian colleagues). Monks refused this suicide possibility.So, on 17th March soldiers were ordered just to save monks lifes, and not monastery building together with church and religious and historical values. They did exactly this and left site. During mob were destroying Monastery with petrol of KFOR generator, soldiers watching them from mountain above.After a month monks came back to live in Monastery ground in containers given by Serbian Red Cross. Instead of real and simple help to restore Monastery, international community and Albanian Kosovo institutions start one political game. There were many stories, issues, agreements, promises (specially before media), and on the end even donation conference but not restorations. Instead of restoration, in a basic document which was made by Council of Europe experts with their Kosovo colleagues it is said that our Monastery should be closed, monks evicted (means expelled), and to become archeological site (Integrated Rehabilitation Project Plan / Survey of the, Architectural and Archaeological heritage (IRPP/SAAH)).In 26th July 2004. KFOR general Errico with his deputy Mr. Buehler made an initiative to restore Monastery. So, with their help (construction machines and more), with help of Orthodox people (donations and voluntarily work) and some Slavic Muslims from Kosovo, and on the end Serbian government, one part of old building was restored.It was real triumph to restore such a building with such a beauty with no capital, and no continual support. Few commissions of Council of Europe were coming during restoration with no comments but their Albanian counterparts asked how we dare to restore our own house out of their plan. Kosovo/Albanian institutions try to stop restoring of house saying we didn't have administrative permission for such a thing. But, in this case KFOR supported monks, and their attempts failed.…The young monastic brotherhood is full of religious enthusiasm and remains confident that one day Holy Archangels will be completely reconstructed.

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