On August 2nd, 2018, the President of the Institute for European Roma Studies and Research on Crimes against Humanity and International Law, Bajram Haliti, awarded important writers from our country and beyond with aknowledgements for writing about Roma, their life, culture and sufferings through history.
Among them was a Serbian writer, poet Maria Victoria Zivanovic, whose great works represent, very emotionally and inspiring, the image of Mother as the main bedrock and pillar of our personalities, as a lighthouse which illuminates our way from the beginning to the end of our lives. Mother is the strength, support, timeless love, and unshakable force that keeps us in balance.
Inspired by such bright motives, Maria Victoria devoted her new verses to Kosovo, i.e. to what makes its main force – the people. People, a nation, preserves tradition, culture, language, everything that holds it firmly rooted in the soil from which it originated. Among these verses, the Roma from Kosovo found their place, as someone who lost a lot over there, their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Maria Victoria reflects the situation of Roma in Kosovo, their identity and culture thrown into dust, forgotten from the rest of the world, but their unwavering spirit of freedom does not allow the dust to suffocate them and dirty them.
The power and energy of Maria Victoria’s verses awakens collective consciousness and calls for the spiritual and emotional power which brings us back to ourselves.
August 23rd, 2018
Prof. Dr Bajram Haliti,
President of the Institute for European Roma Studies and
Research on Crimes against Humanity and International Law