Dreadful news of murdered Serbian nun
- Remmember in thy prayers soul of murdered Serbian Orthodox Nun Seraphima.
Link to original article: in Serbian:
Dreadful news of murdered Serbian nun
*Sister Serafima (Andjelka Mijailovic) has been found with a broken neck
next to a railway track near Staro Selo*
Sister Serafima (Andjelka Mijailovic), aged 34, was murdered on the night of
February 21-22, 2007, on the Tesaloniki - Belgrade international train, and
her body was found next to a railway in Staro Selo, near a small town of
Velika Plana. Sister Serafima, born in Valjevo, was a nun at a monastery in
Tesaloniki, and was buried yesterday at the Celije monastery near Valjevo.
Although it is not known at this moment who had murdered Serafima, her
father Branko Mijailovic suspects that the 3 Albanians who were on the
same train, had thrown her body off the train, about 100 kilometers from
Even though Serafima has been reported missing by her fellow female
passenger, who has also given Serafima's documents to the police, the police
had not been able to identify the victim for 6 days, and she was initially
buried as an unknown person. Her father, who lives with his family in
Germany, says that Serafima went to see her family, via Belgrade, so that
she could obtain the documents for her transfer from Saloniki in Greece to
the Zica monastery in Serbia.
- Serafima was sitting in a train compartment near Presevo (southern
Serbia), when 3 Albanian men had entered it. As she was bothered by the
smoke, she asked the train official to be moved to another compartment. She,
being a nun, was logically uncomfortable sitting next to 3 men. Serafima was
then transfered to the compartment number 5. There was a woman from Krusevac
in that compartment. At about 9 pm, this woman went to get some sandviches
and when she returned, 8 to 10 minutes later, Serafima was gone, says
Her belongings had remained at the compartment and this woman - the fellow
passenger - was interviewed by the police. She had initially reported
Serafima's disapppearance and had handed her belongings to the train
official. He, however, claimed that Serafima got out at the Rakovica station
to buy a sandvich.
Among her personal belongings, her cell phone was found, and in it, the
number of her uncle. The police informed him of her disappearance.
- At about the same time, on Feb. 22, at 11 am, a female shepherd discovered
the body in the village Staro Selo, of a nun in her uniform. Next to her
there was a pair of jeans. The body lay just 6 meters away from the rail
tracks. My daughter did not wear jeans ever since she became a nun 10 years
ago, says her father.
- She was found in her socks which were clean. Her boots were not found so
it is suspected that those men had held her by the legs when they had thrown
her off the train. It is not clear where they hid her body from Presevo to
Staro Selo. (Comment by Alex: If they had thrown her out in Presevo, the
suspected murderers would almost certainly be classified as Albanians.
Instead, they waited and threw her body when they passed the troubled
Presevo Valley. Presevo Valley is located in southern Serbia, adjacent to
Kosovo, and the Albanians want to seceede this region and connect it to
Kosovo and Greater Albania).
But, this is where the real drama for the family began. Forensic experts
have determined that she was not raped, and that the cause of her death was
a broken neck.
- After my brother had informed me on the news of her disappearance, her
body has been transfered to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Belgrade.
After the obduction has been performed on the body, it has been transfered
to the local authorities in Velika Plana, which failed to identify her! So,
she was classified as Jane Do (an unknown person), and buried at the local
cemetery. Only yesterday we managed to unbury her and transfer her body to
Valjevo and bury her at the Celije monastery. I do not understand why the
Belgrade authorities did not inform their colleagues in the rest of Serbia
that a nun has disappeared. (Comment by Alex: That way the authorities in
Velika Plana would have known her identity).
*Her Yugoslav passport (still used by Serbia) and her Serbian ID card
were stolen. Her other belongings - German passport and documents, bank
cards and 50 euros in cash - remained intact. Therefore, robbery has been
ruled out as motive for the murder. The theft of a Yugoslav passport also
points out that the murderers were Albanians, because forging stolen
Yugoslav passports is a very profitable business for them. Serafima was a
citizen of both Serbia and Germany.*
Serbian police are still conducting an investigation and have nothing to
say on the case, but *Kurir* has learned that the monks and nuns in Kosovo
have offered their help in the investigation. Serbian embassies in Germany
and Greece are also silent about the case. German police have been included
in the investigation as well.
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- Horrifying. But we're not hearing about this on US TV. But, then
again, Fox News barely discussed yesterday's outcome of the Libby
trial, either (it not being good news for the Bush
A current article in Germany's Der Spiegel also exposes rising anti-
Serb violence, here in Croatia:
ETHNIC HATRED LINGERS IN CROATIA
"God May Forgive, We Don't"
By Marion Kraske