Friday, June 25, 1999 Published at 12:26 GMT 13:26 UK
When society breaks down
There were no police for her to call to report a dead body
By Jeremy Bowen in Prizren
The flat stank of urine and decay. Something was very badly wrong.
She was weak and confused. Her front door had been kicked in, the neighbours said by Albanian fighters from the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
She kept looking back. Then we realised the decomposing body of her husband was in there with her.
He had been dead for six days.
No police to call
Nato smashed their buildings and forced the policemen, all Serbs, to leave.
Nato's armoured columns offer overall security, not social services.
We asked a captain of the German army to see if he could get the body out. She kept saying her husband had gone for a walk.
A neighbour said the old man had been alive when the Albanian fighters broke in.
The captain promised to do his best. She still could not, would not say how her husband had died.
The neighbour said: "We will all try to help".
There was one place she could go. Serb pensioners who think Kosovo Albanians might kill them, are being sheltered by the German army in the orthodox cathedral.
And a 63-year-old man was stabbed with a bayonet.
The Germans are serious about protecting them, they arrested and disarmed a KLA man who was loitering outside the cathedral.
It took another 24 hours before the man's body was removed from his flat - three days after we found it, nine days after he died.
There is no civil apparatus for dealing with problems like this. Nato is preoccupied with law and order.
The aid agencies with food and shelter. Civil society has effectively collapsed.