“When an uninvited guest comes, I think maybe he came back”; family members are disappointed with the non-implementation of the declaration for the missing

“Every time an uninvited guest comes, I think maybe he came back….I still hope that he can come back one day”, says Lutfije Ademi, who has been looking for her brother for 25 years now. All these years she is accompanied by his photo, as one of the few memories, while this is how she quenches the longing for Adem Ademi. Spring reminds him of the last meeting, but also the day when the family members last had information about his whereabouts. Since April 19 of that year, the woman from Mitrovica lives with the hope that one day at least his remains will be found. Lutfije tells KosovaPress that she is dissatisfied with the work of the institutions, while also mentioning the declaration about the missing, which remained only on paper.

Every time she talks about her brother, then in his 50s, it is impossible not to cry.

The last meeting with the brother, who worked as a doctor in the Mitrovica hospital, was a few days before he disappeared. He was committed to the treatment of members of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

Not in Serbia, but Lutfija continues to have hopes in the international community that one day they will provide information about her brother’s whereabouts. She adds that for Kosovo means too much not knowing the fate of one missing person.

Despite the long wait, at every call she hopes that Adem will knock on her door.

A year ago, Kosovo and Serbia agreed on the joint declaration on missing persons. The declaration signed in Brussels foresees full access to important documents for determining the fate of missing persons.

However, family members say that this matter remained only on paper.

The Governmental Commission for Missing Persons has made requests for access to the archives of the 37th brigade of the former Yugoslav army, but so far it has not received a response from the Serbian side.

The request for access to these archives, Gara adds, was also addressed in other meetings.

Even the chairman of the “Voice of Parents” association, Bajram Qerkini, says that a year ago they hoped that by signing this declaration something would move forward in this direction.

The Ombudsman, Naim Qelaj, considers that keeping the fate of the missing persons secret is a continuation of war crimes.

Lutfije Ademi, who until her last breath is waiting for any information about her brother, demands justice and pressure on internationals. She appeals to the institutions for commitment to every family, which for 25 years knows nothing about their loved ones.