The Raska-Prizren Eparchy sent an urgent appeal today to all Serbian Orthodox Church Eparchies and humanitarian organizations to organize humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable population. The Eparchy of Raska-Prizren will organize two humanitarian posts in the north – at the temple of St. Dimitrije in North Mitrovica and at the Banjska Monastery in Zvecan.
„Discriminating goods based on its origin – which reminds us of the darkest times in European history – is the most serious violation of human rights. Together with the demonstrative burning and destroying of Serbian goods a few months ago – to which the Pristina authorities did not react, a multifaceted deterioration of interethnic relations and security throughout the territory of Kosovo and Metohija with vast consequences was caused,“ reads the appeal of the Eparchy of Raska-Prizren, signed by Bishop Teodosije.
The current situation affects the „poorest and socially vulnerable population, which has no way of procuring more expensive goods from the south of Kosovo nor to travel outside the Province to bring goods in smaller quantities to their homes,“ Eparchy wrote, adding that if this situation continues it could lead to emigration of the population.
Shops, pharmacies, restaurants, cafes and other service-related facilities in the north of Kosovo are closed for the second day now due to the traders’ protest against the Kosovo government’s 100% taxes on the import of goods from Serbia which de facto led to the cessation of the import of these goods. Serbian products stopped arriving to Kosovo more than two weeks ago.
The Eparchy of Raska-Prizren announced it would open humanitarian aid posts containing the remaining goods from the reserves of soup kitchens that normally feed about 2,000 endangered persons daily, primarily in Kosovo Pomoravlje. They emphasized they will help as much as they can by providing humanitarian packages, adding that aid will be available to everyone, regardless of religion or ethnic origin.
The Eparchy emphasized that their appeal does not constitute interference in politics, but that it is a reaction of the Church to „abuses committed against the innocent population“.
Finally, they appeal to international institutions to react more urgently to this new situation and protect citizens’ rights and provide a normal life for them.
Bishop of Raska-Prizren Teodosije served liturgy today at the St. Dimitrije church in North Mitrovica, thus providing support in the form of a prayer to the faithful people. The believers and the clergy told the Bishop about this “newest humanitarian catastrophe,” which is the “worst one since the war.”
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