Selman Boçolli

Pristina | Date: February 7, 2017 | Duration: 60 minutes

The mediations began. A sentence I seem to never forget is when Anton Çetta asked Haxhi, our paternal uncle, he said, ‘How old are you?’ He answered, ‘Eighty-three.’ He said, ‘Inshallah, I manage to live that long.’ Then a pleasant mood reigned, you know. So, they stood up and he said, ‘Who has the intention’ he said, ‘to reconcile, stand up,’ and they stood on their feet, embraced one another there [...]

The very second we embraced and sat to have coffee, their children ran rushing yyyyy {onomatopoeic}, they were on the second floor and they ran, they went running to our garden and invited our children to play ball all day long.

That was very interesting, I thought to myself, ‘Ku-ku, what had become of us, how come we never thought of the children.’ It happened that our children and their children were in the same classroom. When they ran and played, they had to stay on one side or something, they said, ‘We stood still trrak. {onomatopeic} So it doesn’t come to…’ You know, those moments, they were more or less difficult.

The difficult part was to maintain [the peace], I mean to keep it that way up to reconciliation, us and them, to not come to a more difficult conflict or a bigger tragedy.

Erëmirë Krasniqi (Interviewer) Noar Sahiti (Camera), Aurela Kadriu (research assistant)

Selman Boçolli was born in 1950, in Raushiq, municipality of Peja. He graduated in 1976 from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Pristina and worked as a Construction Engineer at the Public Housing Enterprise, known as BVI. Boçolli has recently retired and lives with his family in Pristina.

Selman Boçolli