The hardest thing in my research

Majlinda Aliu

Getting a visa to travel to Croatia was one of my biggest challenges in this fellowship project!

It wasn't difficult to find the people to interview, nor even to arrange all the travel but strangely it was difficult to get a visa.

But, finally I got it - after running around for more than two weeks in bureaucratic circles.

Then, when I arrived in Zagreb, it took another 6 boring hours before I arrived at my destination- Vukovar.

In the end, however, I can say that it was worth it. In a place like Vukovar, even now, you really can not avoid the feeling that you are in a war zone, and, as my report focuses on war widows, it helped me a lot to get the idea of what they have gone through.

You get the feeling that the war ended just months ago, but at the same time the people are calm and friendly.

I met women from Vukovar and also from Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina and their stories were all different. Some do get married but then  face other difficulties in life, some keep their second marriages secret and for others, the situation is more complex still.

All of their stories will be revealed in my article:“War Widows Remarriage”.

Fellow Bio


Majlinda Aliu

Majlinda Aliu is a Pristina-based journalist working for Radio Television Kosovo, reporting on political and social affairs. She previously worked for Koha Vision TV, also in Pristina


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