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I won' t forgive you about the children

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Evening like any other. The streets of Belgrade are full of busy citizens. Unexpectedly, the sound of an airplane is heard. I will fly over Belgrade. An echo is heard. Crack. The planes dropped bombs on my city. On March 24, 1999, at 7:45 PM, the first danger sirens sounded. The now well-known, deafening sound blew the air over Serbia. Over the next 78 nights and days, NATO planes fired about 50,000 different missiles at our country's soil. While NATO planes destroyed everything in front of them, the people hid in basements, finding salvation and hiding in smaller villages, which were considered not visible on the map of NATO aggressors.

In 1999, 19 countries of the Alliance, without the approval of the United Nations Security Council, attacked, first the barracks and air defense of the Yugoslav Army, and then the entire country. Infrastructure, economy, schools, hospitals, cultural monuments, media houses were destroyed ... Scenes of broken Novi Sad bridges are also remembered.

After a series of controversial attempts and offers from the international community to resolve the Kosovo crisis, the first planes took off from the base in Aviano, dropping bombs on military and civilian targets throughout the country for the next 78 days.

The military intervention in the FRY began on March 24 at around 7.30 pm, on the orders of the then NATO Secretary General Javier Solana, and the government in Belgrade declared a state of war that night.

Attention, attention, air danger. Turn off the electricity, turn off the gas, open the windows, lower the blinds, move the curtains. Bring prepared things and slowly descend to your shelters.

The lives of the people of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia have changed abruptly since March 24, 1999. The NATO bombing took many lives, houses, buildings, bridges, factories, shrines, cultural monuments, schools, media and health institutions were destroyed ... Numerous protest concerts were held during the bombing. People gathered, sang on bridges and held targets on their chests and banners reading Sorry, we are singing.

In the NATO aggression, NATO planes hit the international express train 393 on the bridge in Grdelica gorge, which was traveling on the route Belgrade - Nis - Skopje.

To this day, it remains unknown why the train with civilians was a justified target of the NATO alliance, whose planes fired 4 missiles at the composition at the moment when the train was crossing the railway bridge on South Morava. The exact number of dead was never determined, but it is assumed that more than 50 people died.

In honor of the dead citizens, a commemorative gathering on the bridge has been organized every year so far, and the train has stopped to pay tribute to the victims. This year, due to the pandemic caused by Covid, there will be no gatherings.

If she were alive, Milica Rakić would be 24 years old today. Her name remained deeply engraved in the people. She was killed on April 17, 1999, when she was hit by shrapnel in a house in Batajnica during the NATO bombing. On that fateful April 17, sirens signaled an air danger. The "Angel of Mercy" has embarked on another of its genocidal missions. Only 45 minutes after that, the rocket hits the house of the Rakić family in Batajnica ... It hits a girl who was not even aware that a war was going on around her, it hits three-year-old Milica Rakić! Little Milica was on a stretcher in the bathroom. bust of Milica Rakić.

In 1996, the rock group Riblja čorba published the song I won' t forgive you about the children . During the bombing, it gained a new meaning, and today it stands as a memory for all the children who died in Yugoslavia in 1999.

I won' t forgive you about the children

It doesn't matter where I stay

when I ll sin or fast

But one thing I cannot forget

I won't forgive you about the children

You were an always welcome guest

and I served you with pleasure

Maybe I am primitive, rude even

I didn't forgive you about the children

Why did your bullets

go towards my children

I dream of them and fantasize

I cannot forgive you for the children

The overflowing rivers between us

I might bridge

but there are still other things

I didn't forgive you about the children

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people who have gone through that horror can never forget and forgive all those sufferings and fears they survived

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A lot of time has passed and it seems to me as if it was yesterday, and today when I hear the sound of a plane, I am not comfortable.

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This was a terrible time for the former Yugoslavia, the present Serbia. Many innocent people died. It will never be forgotten

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I remember who it was yesterday. Husband in the army and I am alone at home with the children. My city is often bombed

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A difficult period for all of us. We celebrated my younger daughter's first birthday, under bombs, without water and electricity.

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I remember when this terrible war happened.It was very sad time.

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I slept in the shelter for a couple of days, and then I returned to my apartment. We soon stopped going to the basement every time rockets threatened us from the air.

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I was a child in that period.. I remember everything, and I will never forgive...

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The story of our history is sad, and it is even sadder that they are the last victims of the last century, but not the only ones. we have given our lives for a whole century and we don't know the number. Millions of souls ... horror

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I remembered that year and lived in a very difficult period, my husband was in the army and I stayed with my son for a year .. A difficult year for all of us

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The bombing of Serbia lasted for 78 days, a country that could not retaliate, although it managed to shoot down an "irrefutable" invisible F-117 plane.

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When there was a bombing in '99, I was 9 years old. Somehow, our people tried to overcome it all in the mildest way, and thank them for that, they succeeded. Every war is sad, many civilians and soldiers lose their lives on both sides ... It is most unfortunate for the children who died.

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