In March 1998, Serbian security forces attacked the compound of a leading figure in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) which was behind a series of attacks on police in the province where the majority of the population was of Albanian origin.

After three days of shelling, Adem Jashari, a founding member of the KLA, and more than 50 members of his extended family were killed.

The only survivor was Jashari’s niece, Besarta, who was 10 years old at the time. She spoke to Witness about the day she lost her family.

Witness is a World Service programme of the stories of our times told by the people who were there.

Originally published on 11.03.2015 here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31795711