Massacre | The
Investigation | Bloody History
| Putting Names to Faces | Lightning
From Prison to War | "Her Face Tortures Me" | Justice for All? | We Need Justice
Across the river in Cuska, Akif, the Albanian farmer who survived the execution, hauls material to rebuild his house on a clattering horse-cart. We now know who shot Akif and the 10 men who died at his side. We know who led the assault on Cuska and the chain of command behind it. We know the fighters were motivated by vengeance, greed, duty, and fear.
There remains a question of timing. Why did the attack happen on May 14 and not earlier in the Kosovo war? Only Slobodan Milosevic's top police and army commanders know the answers. One possibility: Cuska's name finally came up on a list of targets.
Akif's bullet wound is now healed and a Western aid group is helping him build a new roof. Akif hopes the West will also deliver justice. "I truly think they will go to The Hague," he says of the men who conducted the Cuska massacre. "Those who are guilty, the ones who have blood dripping from their hands, they will be punished."
Other survivors, including a 35-year-old geography teacher named Ali, warn of the consequences if the executioners and their commanders are not caught and convicted. "We need justice like a wound needs medicine," he says. "If you leave a wound open, if you never close it, it never heals." Ali fears another generation will grow up in hatred.
Lule, the woman who survived the attack to bury the bones of her father and dozens of other men in two communal graves at the village cemetery, recalls the story of a 3-year-old girl whose father also was murdered on May 14:
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