Kosovo Diaspora forever thankful to Oldham

By: Valon Xoxa    June 5, 2014

Osman Caka arrived in Oldham on 27th of May 1999, penniless and frightened. Mr. Caka traveled from Clayton in order to pay a visit to the plaque commemorating the 10th anniversary of Oldham accepting the Kosovar-Albanian refugees.  His story echoes the personal stories of thousands of Albanian refugees that had fled Kosovo due to the conflict.

“Every year I go, I never forget. I had a second birth in Oldham, it is my second home and it is very, very important that we never forget. Oldham people gave everything to our people. They gave us food, clothes, heart and spirit — and for that I will always be thankful.” Mr. Caka is very grateful and now pays a regular religious like visit to the plaque ever since it had been unveiled on 2009.

The original article was posted at Oldham News – Click here to read the original article.

Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of Kosovodiaspora.org. He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at KosovoDiaspora.org. With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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