Today is a day of mourning for Kosovo

The President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani has decided that Monday, July 26, 2021 to be declared a day of mourning in honor of the citizens of Kosovo who lost their lives in a car accident in Croatia.

Due to this tragic event, Osmani interrupted her visit to Japan and today she will travel to Kosovo, according to a press release.

10 people were killed and more than 40 others were injured Sunday in a bus crash in Croatia from Germany to Kosovo.

Ten candles symbolizing the ten lives lost in the accident were lit last night near the National Theater in Skanderbeg Square in Pristina.

President Glauk Konjufca, Deputy Prime Minister Emilia Rexhepi, Ministers Hekuran Murati, Rozeta Hajdari, Artane Rizvanolli, Faton Peci, Krasniqi, Members of Parliament, as well as representatives of institutions lit candles. Dozens of other Kosovo citizens also lit candles for those killed Sunday morning.

Kosovo Foreign Minister Donika Gikarvalla gave details of her stay in Croatia with Prime Minister Albin Kurti, after yesterday’s tragedy.

Gërvalla wrote on Facebook that together with Prime Minister Kurti, and Ministers Sveçla and Vitia and the Chief of Staff of the President, Blerim Vela, and accompanied by the Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenkovic, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gordan Grlic Radman, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister he and Defense Minister Mario Banozic visited yesterday the victims of yesterday’s tragedy in Croatia, who are in Slavonski Brod city hospital.

“Only one of the injured was transported to Zagreb for specific medical reasons, while all the others are being treated in the city hospital. Two of the patients are still in the intensive care unit, one of them in stable condition. All the others are in stable condition and many of them are expected to leave the hospital today. According to Croatian doctors, the patient’s condition in Zagreb is also good and stable. At the hospital we met all the patients one by one and exchanged a few words with each of them. Many of them, and especially the children, had the horror they experienced on their faces. “Meanwhile, relatives of the injured have begun arriving at the hospital, who are helping to quickly improve the mental and medical condition of the injured,” Gërvalla wrote.

Gërvalla, as she said, thanked the director of the hospital, Josip Samardzic, the doctors and all the health staff, for their extraordinary care and dedication to all the injured and their families.

“Then we met with the passengers of the bus, who had survived the accident without injuries. At the meeting, they asked with great concern about the condition of the patients and told us about their experiences. We are returning to Kosovo with the Prime Minister. Ministers Sveçla and Vitia continue to live in Slavonski Brod where they take care of everything, including the travel to Kosovo of all those who are able to travel, and they are the majority. “Once the necessary procedures are completed, the bodies of those who lost their lives in this horrific accident will be transported to the destination desired by their families,” he added.

“There is no word to describe the gratitude and appreciation for the immediate, effective and very humane assistance of all Croatian authorities, starting with the field police, fire brigade, rescue units, health personnel, all doctors and continuing with the head of the Brod-Posavina region, Danijel Marusic, the Croatian KFOR troops, the Croatian pilots who took us to Slavonski Brod, the German ambassadors to Zagreb and Pristina, the Croatian government ministers and, above all, the prime minister. The Government of the Republic of Kosovo and its citizens will forever be grateful for this extraordinary assistance in difficult times.

Today is a day of mourning in Kosovo. A day when we pray for the victims of this tragedy and their relatives and loved ones. “A day that shows us even more how fragile life is and how necessary solidarity is in our challenging society,” Gërvalla concluded in her Facebook post.

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