On the 17th of February, H. E. Mr. Edon Cana, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kosovo to the Republic of Bulgaria,

and his wife Mrs. Jeta Citaku Cana gave a reception on the occasion of the Independence Day /2008/ of the country at the Oborishte 5 Gallery. Ambassadors, diplomats, journalists, friends of Kosovo and representatives of the Kosovo diaspora in our country attended the event.

In his welcome address to his guests, His Excellency emphasized - in Bulgarian, that Bulgaria and Kosovo are friendly countries and share European and Euro-Atlantic values, which unite them for the future, and that there is nothing from the past that separates them. "This is the beginning of my second year as an ambassador to Bulgaria and I should point out that the Bulgarian institutions show excellent cooperation with us. Bulgaria's support for Kosovo is a tradition, Bulgaria has stood by Kosovo, so on behalf of our country's institutions, thank you".

The works of five Kosovo female artists, who, through their sensuality and techniques, recreate the women of this young country, were presented at the reception.

"Our Republic was born with many casualties in the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. And it left a mark on all of us, and especially on the lives of our women, who paid the highest price. That is why today's celebration is dedicated to them", said the Ambassador Edon Cana, while presenting the specially arrived women from Kosovo. "We also invited several women from Krusha-e-Madhe, also known as the "village of widows", because most of the men in it were killed during the war. To me, they are the symbol of the new Kosovo because they have succeeded in turning their tragedy into an impetus for development".

After the war, Fahria Hoti was left alone with her 3-year-old daughter and 3-month-old son. She is one of the 114 widows to take care for a total of 502 orphan children. The traditional livelihood of Fahria’s family is the cultivation of vegetables. But she knew from the beginning that in order to provide sustenance for her children with this activity, she could not rely solely on her own strength. Together with other widows she created a cooperative whose activity little by little became very successful.

"In 2005, I decided to start canning vegetables that we were unable to sell. We faced a problem coming from our own way of thinking - then it was not considered normal for widows to go out and sell products themselves. It was thought that they should stay at home, and that was dooming us, there was no other way to look after the children" Fahria Hoti told to Radio Bulgaria. So this is how the women of the cooperative became mainly concerned with canning. They were invited to participate in fairs - initially in Kosovo, later outside the country.

The result is impressive. Today, the cooperative employs 70 women and their adult children. Their products are sold successfully in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy. Their market is constantly growing and the step of presenting them in Sofia, according to Fahri, is the first one towards another opportunity for realization.

"The idea of ​​today's celebration is to represent our reality, the one we live in and which each of us reflects differently, the reality of the Kosovar women, the reality of our people", artist Mielma Gorantsi told Radio Bulgaria. "The Kosovar woman is first of all proud - I show it through my paintings, in which a woman's figure often appears. She is very strong, very proud and beautiful, adorned, surrounded by flowers. But if you look deeply at the portraits, you will distinguish the deep sadness, the sacrifice she makes for the family, the responsibilities and expectations of others".

Photos and information about the exhibition are provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in the Republic of Bulgaria.