Fatmire Feka’s first-hand experience of the 1998-1999 Kosovo War inspired her to found the “Kids Club for Peace,” a group of organizations that help children overcome challenges related to ethnic tensions. Her efforts in the areas of peace and reconciliation led to her inclusion in the 1000 Women group nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. She many addresses at many events including Why Everything Must Change (WEMC) 2008 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
This is how she described the war in Kosovo in 1999 during which she lost her brother and siter: “I felt as if God was crying tears of pain,” Feka says. “God was crying because he knew what was about to happen.”
“I have been struggling with this forgiveness thing,” she says. “I cannot forgive anyone because I don’t know what happened to my brother and sister. I don’t know who took them, for what reason, and who I am supposed to forgive?”
“It has been 11 years, me praying every single day without missing a day,” she says in her heavily accented English. “But [God] hasn’t helped.”
“We wish their bodies could rest in peace,” she says. “It’s difficult to wait every day, every hour, every minute for some news to come.”
“I remember children were crying, but what scared us the most were that adults were crying, too.”
In 2005, Feka was selected as one of the “1,000 Women of Peace across the Globe.” The women were subsequently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
WEMC 2008 was the first installment of an annual conference by the same name, which aims to foster awareness, dialogue and action relating to contemporary social justice issues. The 2009 conference was held on October 23-24 at The Meeting House, and features such speakers as Feka, New York Times-bestselling author Paul Young (“The Shack”), and author-philosopher Greg Boyd (“Myth of a Christian Nation”).