Fearing for family

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 March, 1999, 12:00am

I come from Yugoslavia and am a 17-year-old student attending college on a scholarship in Hong Kong.

My mother, father and six-year-old brother, and my other relatives and friends still live in Yugoslavia and now that the Nato and US air-raids are under way I fear for their safety. My family lives in an apartment building only 20 to 30 metres away from a government naval base.

It is a possible Nato target. My father is a doctor and my mother a chemist.

We have never given our support to the Yugoslavian Government, nor have we had anything to do with the situation in Kosovo.

It is by pure chance that our apartment block is situated where it is and yet now my six-year-old brother must face the wailing sound of the air-raid sirens and the frightening flashes of exploding bombs.

He was happy because his big sister said she would bring him toys when she comes back and he promised he would take good care of our parents. This from a six-year-old.

No matter what a president in a certain country does, the US and Nato have no right to put at risk the lives of 10 million people by bombing a sovereign country.

They claim to be promoting world peace and human rights, but how do they expect to prevent violence by using more violence? 'Ending this tragedy is a moral imperative,' US President Bill Clinton declared in a nationally-televised address from the Oval Office. 'It is also important for America's national interest.' What is America's national interest in Kosovo? And with such a developed sense of humanity and morality, how can the US only sympathise with Kosovo? Today, at 3pm, Yugoslavians living in Hong Kong will be marching from the Star Ferry to the US Consulate where we will hold a peaceful protest to express our opposition to the bombing. We will then go to the UK and German Consulates. We urge others to attend.