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Site Profiles: Interviewee Areas of Kosovo

Obilic/ Obiliq & Vučitrn/ Vushtrri Municipality: Plemetina Village, Plemetina Camp, Crkvena Vodica and Prilužje
Site Profiles: Plemetina Village & Plemetina Camp | Crkvena Vodica | Prilužje  | Kosovo Polje

Crkvena Vodica

Crkvena Vodica--referred to as SeeVee by internationals because of pronunciation issues--is 2 KM west of Obilic town.

Security & Transportation

The minorities remaining in Crkvena Vodica are completely isolated. Before the war, Crkvena Vodica was a multiethnic area. Now, most Serbs and all Roma have fled. Children’s Aid Direct attempted to create a multiethnic youth center; this endeavor failed. Six resident Serbs have been murdered since June of 1999 and nearly 30 wounded. The school has been attacked with hand grenades. Half of Crkvena Vodica’s Serbs and all of its prewar Roma population have fled.

Economy & Infrastructure

None. Before June of 1999 most of Crkvena Vodica’s Serbs and Roma worked for KEK. Some worked in the mines at Belacevac. All were fired. Some Serbs cultivated land; all of the land has been seized since war’s end.

PTK cut telephone service in June 0f 1999. Electricity is weak. Water quality is poor; half of the village has no water because of low pressure. There is no sewage system.

Children’s Aid Direct delivered WFP parcels to Crkvena Vodica but stopped in Spring of 2002. Several Crkvena Vodica residents benefit from UNMIK social assistance.


A primary school for remaining Serbs still exists.


The last two Roma families fled Crkvena Vodica in March of 2003. They now live in dilapidated, abandoned homes in the Plemetina Village Mahala. Since 1999 65 Roma homes were burned. The entire Roma population was driven out by a systematic campaign of terror and intimidation.

Demographic Information

Before the cessation of the 1999 war, roughly 70 Roma lived in Crkvena Vodica. None remain.

Before June of 1999, 800 Serbs lived in Crkvena Vodica. As of June 2001, 308 remained. There are no IDPs from other areas of Kosovo. Crkvena Vodica is beyond what most internationals consider to be the point of no return for a community.

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Who We Were, Who We Are: Kosovo Roma Oral Histories
©Bobby Anderson 2003-2009. All rights reserved.

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