Before the war, we lived a decent life. I had seven children: four daughters, three sons. My husband worked at a factory. Then the war started. Serbs expelled us from the village. We moved from one village to another, and then on April 27, in Meha, they stopped the convoy and told all the men to step out of the vehicles. My sister's husband, my uncle's son, my son, and my sister's son were among them. They were telling us that if you don't move on, we will kill you all.
When we came to another checkpoint, the Serbian police and military took the little money we had and collected whatever they could find on the convoy. They were heavily armed and were pointing their weapons toward us. The children were scared to death. We moved on to the Albanian border. When we got there, they took all our IDs and told us to cross.
Read more of Hyre's interview in Speaking Their Peace.