The Photographs 4: Leaving it all behind, Kosovo 1999

Elez Hasan Bunjaku holds a picture of his brother and sister in law with their new born kid. When Serbian troops entered their village in Racaj they detained all the men. The women had fled to the surrounding hills. Hasan’s brother was tortured and killed in prison. When the war ended and the prisoners were released, the only news Hasan had of his sister-in-law was that pregnant as she was, she too had fled with the rest of the women to the mountains, but not a word on whether or not she made it safely to one of the refugee camps.

In Racaj, the village roads were mined, and access to food for the Bunjaku family was near impossible. Lack of food and potable water as well as living under constant fear of being detained or killed by the Serbian police, trapped the families inside the village in their houses or on the surrounding hills, waiting hopelessly for the war to end.

Leaving them all behind, the junction to Gjakova, Kosovo, 1999.