European Solidarity Front for Kosovo is an organization founded in 2012 whose members are now young enthusiasts from all over Europe Germany, Finland, Spain, Poland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, etc.) Matteo Caponetti and Patrik Vondràk’s idea of concept of national identity in the World was the base and start for this organization. The main goal is to help the Serbs in enclaves in Kosovo and Metochia. Every year there are 2-3 humanitarian missions organized and this year’s took place from 7th to 10th of September, 2015, when European Solidarity Front for Kosovo (ESFK) visited Kosovska Mitrovica, Prizren, Strpce, Velika Hoca and Orahovac. Matteo Caponetti is telling us more about the mission and the ESFK:
I’m responsible for an organization that is called Zenit. It is a political movement in Italy and Belgium, we work in Rome and Bruxelles. But, in the same time, we are also responsible for a humanity association called ESFK that was founded 3 years ago together with other European friends. That means that we have people who still fight, in the 2015, for the concept of identity in the world. So when we started with this project we thought about this, so we chose to help people that have this feeling. We have a lot of volunteers from all European countries: Finland, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Poland and Greece… After one year of work we came here to Belgrade and decided to go to Kosovo for our first official mission. ESFK is not linked with any political party. We have volunteers from all over Europe that have been helping us during this three years to collect money to buy materials that Serbian people in Kosovo need.
…I was there for the first time in 2010 with another association. I had other goals so we built a new humanity association that can involve more young volunteers from all over Europe, from the age from 20 to 40 years old. The reason why I had chosen this and felt something for this mission is because from the first time that I was here I saw that in Europe exist a people that need help, not only because they are poor, but because they are concerned with identity even this was very difficult. I fell in love immediately because it’s not easy anymore to meet people like this in our western countries. We live in the world where people don’t care about their identities and don’t have feelings for their countries and their nationalities. And this is a dream, to unite humanity help with political fight.
…This year, for example, we were to Prizren to help Milica, the last child that still lives in Prizren and the last student there who goes to school inside the Church of Saint George, so we brought them some materials, books, pens… In Prizren there were 12.000 Serbs and now it is about 30 only. It is very difficult in Prizren, Pristina and maybe Decani because Albanians are still aggressive to the Serbs. It’s not like in Strpce or Kosovska Mitrovica where you can feel the big Serbian community. We were in Orahovac this year and in Velika Hoca. We helped the elementary school in Orahovac, the Kindergarten of Orahovac and Velika Hoca and some families too. Then we visited Strpce again and Brezovica enclave, where we went last year to bring sports equipment. In the past I visited Gorazdevac enclave and, of course, Velika Hoca. Then we were to Decani monastery and met monks there. We visited of course Gazimestan, Kosovska Mitrovica and Pec Patriarchy, Zociste monastery and the monastery of Holy Archangels in Prizren. We came here to visit some holy places of Serbian land, because otherwise you won’t understand why we are there, why we go there and help people there. It is important also to show the history, the culture of this people. It’s the holy land of Serbia so it’s important to understand this.
…For the Serbians, if, for example, guys from Belgrade want to go there, they have to go. It’s their people. They don’t have to support us, they have just to go to bring their solidarity to them!