The “Ghost Village” Plackovica located in the hills above Southern Serbian city of Vranje, where during the “1999 bombing” NATO dropped over 2,000 bombs and DU (Depleted Uranium) projectiles, almost didn’t see any visitor for the last two decades…
…Around the ruined houses consumed by the elements and nature there is no sign of life for kilometers. After the NATO bombing of Plackovica, the radioactivity in this village was measured at 236,000 becquerels per kilo. We are talking here about “ionizing radiation” higher 8,000 times about safe level. That’s what is actually behind the 12 times higher cancer rate than average in this region, the local residents believe.
The becquerel (English: /bɛkəˈrɛl/; symbol: Bq) is the SI derived unit of radioactivity. One becquerel is defined as the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one nucleus decays per second. The becquerel is therefore equivalent to an inverse second, s−1.
- “What “live soul” of sound mind would go there? Only insane would do it. After the bombing the local Crisis Command Center sent over there the eight utility workers, who spent 20 days cordoning off the radioactive area. Soon they got skin blisters all over the body, and seven of them later died from the cancer. And nobody is responsible? My daughter and son in law died from the cancer too, and the officials (from the Belgrade’ pro-Western government) are saying that it got nothing to do with the bombing. It is a shame, they have been lying to us for years, and it is about the time somebody opened that “Pandora Box” and tells the truth to people.” – The emotionally broken Vranje’ resident Goran said to us.
Even this “ghost village” and entire area has been avoided by everybody, after walking for 3 hours through abounded and rocky forest and mountain trails the reporter of “Serbian Telegraph” had reached the peak hosting the old TV transmitter which was allegedly the main target (even it was clearly the civilian object) of the relentless NATO bombing. In fact the NATO bombs didn’t damage much the transmitter itself, but they surely devastated the entire region.
- “The day before the bombing ended, `the strange people with CB radio` who occupied our hose for days just disappeared. Just hours after they left, we heard the sound of NATO bombers, then we felt the bombing. The huge cloud of dust covered us all, so we couldn’t see each other. Fortunately we stayed inside the houses, because the bomb’s fragments were hitting the walls. It was terrible experience.” – The Plackovica’ resident Stojanka Krstic remembers the horror…
Originally published in Serbian at: https://pravdaipravo.org/2018/05/30/srbska-hirosima-selo-u-kojem-je-nato-unistio-zivote-uranijumom-selo-smrtivideo/?fbclid=IwAR15g9-dslRp3clflgAqbYJR5qe9FOeA3Sqo1ml0AGKd20q7UrpenUeQC-8
Translated by PIN Editor