Mevlyde Mezini Saraçi

Pristina | Date: April 28, 2021 | Duration: 196 minutes

When Drenica was sieged, Drenica was in a crisis, it was counting down to the last of its food supplies. At that time, the Women’s Forum, the Leadership of the Women’s Forum together with other women’s organizations, which began to organize at the time, [they organized the march] ‘Bread for Drenica.’ The delegation of the Women’s Forum from Gjakova was suppressed from the start in Gjakova and wasn’t allowed to continue to Pristina. […] We were on our way because it was a central [meeting] point, to meet in Pristina and to leave for Drenica. And our start had to be from Pristina. We started, and they stopped us at Gjakova’s exit. We were organized and had a car, and the police stopped us, they knew our moves and they got information about our march holding a loaf of bread. […] So, they tried to stop every activity that we did in an organized manner outside of Gjakova. But unfortunately none of us from Gjakova got to go to Drenica because they stopped us from the start.

Anita Susuri (Interviewer), Besarta Breznica (Camera)

Mevlyde Mezini Saraçi was born in 1954, in Mitrovica. She graduated from the Department of Albanian Language and Literature, at the University of Prishtina in 1976. In 1999 to 2000 she was a member of the Assembly of Kosovo. Due to her political activity, she was imprisoned in 1998 and was released after six months. From 2001 to 2003 and 2006 to 2007 she was Director at the Directorate of Culture, Youth and Sports in the Municipality of Gjakova. Mrs. Mevlyde was a member of the Assembly of Kosovo from 2001-2004. Among other things, she is the author of many literary books. She lives with her family in Gjakova.