Interview with Artan (Kosovo) was caught him waiting for the sunset to start to eat (Ramadan)
Roland: Tell me something you want to share with your fellows. What you liked.
Artan: [In the last workshop conflict discussion/transformation] it felt very good. We were a group of five from different countries. Sometimes you gain some insights of things we have not been aware before when you talk with people with different perspectives, with different level of involvement into a conflict. They ask simple questions about the conflict so you by yourself realize something about it and bring it down to a basic level.
Roland: What do you think about the Congo presentation?
Artan: You can distinguish parts of the conflict in general with other ones. You can relate them.
Roland: In relation to the Balkan region, were you are from?
Artan: Folk groups live excluded from each other. At the same time the people want to have a better life. However, at the end it is a business thing for more power. Civilians very easily jump into the footsteps of their leaders. At the end it is not profitable for themselves.
Roland: Well, it might be also a matter of information. If they just get the “information” of only one side in the media. I mean propaganda. They might not have another choice. How did the conflict in Congo touch you?
Artan: 5 Million dead people in ten years are a lot. It is double the population of Kosovo.
Roland: When you heard this number, what did you feel?
Artan: It is just a number at the first stage. You do not feel their fate. There is so much pain to face the number, so you block the feeling that might come. There is no family where there has been killed nobody. The people left are suffering. It might come to 100 Million people. That makes you think about human nature.
Roland: Is there something you want to add?
Artan: I am impressed how easily I can joke with the Slovenian girls. We have so much in common. I think there is so much similar in the Balkan countries. Parts of people’s identity should not be suppressed. Otherwise societies might face different repercussions from not speaking freely about it.
Roland: Thank you.
Artan: No. Thank you.