Monday, January 11, 1999 Published at 10:23 GMT
Kosovo's people fear new refugee ordeal
The ceasefire gives just enough time to rebuild
By Ben Brown, in Kosovo
There are fears of a new refugee crisis in Kosovo, with the growing prospect of new fighting between the Kosovan Liberation Army and the Serbs.
None of the refugees who were hiding in the hills and the mountains of Kosovo are up there any longer.
They were refugees for three months last year but they say that life is little better for them now, even though they are back in their village:
"This is no life," says Zelije Rahman. "Can you imagine living like this? It's like we're dead. We have no food, no drink, no clothes. They burned everything we had. I never dreamed I would have to live like this. "
Whenever fresh fighting flares up here, as it did over Christmas, thousands more people are suddenly made homeless.
Not only ethnic Albanians but also Serbs. There are innocent victims on both sides of the Kosovo tragedy.
For far too many people here, fleeing from danger has become a way of life, and there is a grim expectation that in 1999 the war will resume, and so will Kosovo's refugee crisis.