Kosovo Roma, forgotten victims of war

„The Roma were collateral damage in all the conflicts in former Yugoslavia“

France 24 | PODGORICA (MONTENEGRO) (AFP) – It was not their war, but the Kosovo conflict in the 1990s forced tens of thousands of Roma — the Balkans‘ eternal scapegoats — into exile. So for those living in a Roma camp in the capital of neighbouring Montenegro, the 10th anniversary of Kosovo’s independence on Saturday is little cause for celebration. They fled Kosovo almost 20 years ago for fear of being accused by pro-independence ethnic Albanian rebels of collaborating with Serb forces in the 1998-1999 war that claimed 13,000 lives.