NATO’s First War: Anniversary Of 3-Year-Old Serbian Girl’s Death
April 17, 2013
Anniversary of death of 3-year-old victim of NATO bombing
BELGRADE: Today marks 14 years since the death on April 17, 1999, of three-year-old Milica Rakić, killed during a NATO air raid.
The child was fatally injured in the bathroom of her home, when a shrapnel from a cluster bomb hit her in the head.
The apartment building where her family lives is located some six kilometers from the military airport in the Belgrade suburb of Batajnica.
The traces of the damage done by the bomb are still visible on the facade around the bathroom window. The family decided not to repair the wall, as a reminder of the horrific crime.
The toddler’s death became the symbol of the suffering of the Serbian people during the war that NATO waged against the country in the spring of 1999.