February 19th, 2000 – by: PharmerJones
Mitrovica skyline from the south
On to our final destination, our home away from home for 13 of the 14 of our contingent,-- due to the recent violence and "unrest" between the two factions, Serbian and Albanian. To my mind, Mitrovica reminded me much of a divided Berlin, with Albanians on the south side of the River Ibar and the Serbs and Roma encampment on the north. We arrived in the afternoon, were met by co-workers from different countries and local interpreters, and attempted to find living accomodations in the area. We were successful in finding an Albanian owned house on the North side of the river, which had been vacated by the owners resettling to the south side of the river. We know sooner returned to the North Police Station to find that we were in the middle of a riot which resulted in the evacuation of half the staff to a Danish military base and half of the staff being "locked down" to maintain the security of the station. This is my first experience with military rations from another country other than Canada. I can't say I could ever eat cold beef hearts in gravy! What was worse was finding out some evacuees had dined on lobster and other delicacies during their sojourn at the military base.