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The nun with a rifle

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11 months ago
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Nun Ilarija spent almost 30 years in Kosovo and Metohija in the Mushutishte monastery, and then she became the abbess of the Pokajnica monastery.

The monastery was under constant attack by Albanian terrorists, robbers and rapists.

After constant verbal and physical attacks and threats, numerous thefts of forests and cattle while the nuns of this monastery were helpless and had to defend themselves. They did not have any help from the state and state institutions such as the police.

The nuns in the monastery were in constant fear of attack and rape, so Mother Ilarija was forced to always carry a rifle with her, especially when she would go to the fields with other nuns to cultivate the land.

Nun Ilarija

In addition, it can be freely said that she defended the monastery and the monastic community in this monastery on a daily basis, so she was the last bulwark of the defense.

The monastery in Mushutishte was unfortunately mined and only the bell tower remained.

Monastery in Mushutishte after bomb

A film about her was made in August 1980, but it was banned due to the realistic and true depiction of the situation in that place and the monastery. The documentary "Ilaria - Nun with a rifle" is a cruel story about the suffering of Serbs in Kosovo That film was not shown until the break-up of Yugoslavia and the demolition of this monastery.

There are no words to describe the courage of this nun and woman who was guided by the thought that man must be combative and that God has given us the mind to fight. She was not afraid of anyone or anything. Several times she had to physically deal with the attackers. So she spent 10 days in jail for hitting a man who cursed while complaining about excessive taxes.

Nun Ilarija (1918-2003)

Ilarija (1918 - 2003), was and remains the most famous nun of the Serbian Orthodox Church of recent times. Her photo with a rifle in her hand, in a black monk's dress, traveled all over the world and was remembered as a Serbian heroine. She heroically defended, bravely, as a woman of her caliber knows and knows how the Serbian monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija from Albanian terrorists. She was fear and trembling, a beacon and the last bulwark of the defense of Orthodoxy.

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The truth about the crimes of Albanians against Serbs and their shrines in Kosovo and Metohija could never reach the general public.

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11 months ago

In a way, war crimes are covered up. The genocide didn't even seem to happen. I think that wars are not humane, but that everyone should be punished for their crimes.

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11 months ago

This is very good article. This woman, in my opinion is a good example. 'Making evil, but defending yourself from evil is not a sin'.

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11 months ago

In the case like this, your only option is to fight against evil and defend yourself and your people, just like she did. She was a great woman.

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11 months ago

She was brave nun.Holding a rifle like this and defenting the monastery is not "a cats cough".This way will say oldest people.

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11 months ago

You got the point. Its not easy, but she didnt have any other option. She needed to protect herself and the monestry from evil people.

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11 months ago

What happened before 1980, much earlier. Why were they silent?

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11 months ago

I believe that it was difficult to make a film in the conditions that existed before 1980. When it was made, the film was banned because it shows a truth that did not suit many. There was a danger that the Serbs would revolt and dare to defend their country.

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