The Raçak massacre was the mass killing of 45 Kosovo Albanians that took place in the village of Raçak in central Kosovo on 15th January 1999.
Albanian civilian men, some in their 60s, set off at gunpoint, according to survivor Rame Shabane. The men were ordered to “go to the UCK”— the local name for what was known internationally as the Kosovo Liberation Army.
But it was a trap. Serb gunmen were camouflaged among the trees.
Many of the bodies were found with bullet wounds to both the front and back. Sadik Osmani was shot so many times that his head was almost severed from his body.
The Raçak massacre caused such international revulsion that it contributed materially to the last war of 20th-century Europe, a massive bombing campaign of Serbia by NATO several months later, and ultimately the collapse of Yugoslavia.
By the time we journalists arrived the cold, stiff bodies had been laid out on the mosque floor. Women and children were wailing. It was an appalling, unforgettable scene.