Račak

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Račak is located in Kosovo
Račak
Račak (Kosovo)

Račak (Albanian: Reçak;serbian:Рачак/Račak) is a village in the Štimlje municipality of Kosovo. It became notorious in January 1999 after at least 45 villagers were killed.

Geography[edit]

Račak is a village in Kosovo, about half an kilometer southwest of Štimlje. The village lays on the Crnoljeva-mountain range. This mountain range divides the Kosovo field and Metohija.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Zhur/Žur (1982-2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C 2.4 5.1 10.4 15 20 23.7 26.2 26.4 22.8 16.3 8.4 3.7 15
Average low °C −4.1 −2.5 0.9 4.6 8.7 11.9 13.5 13.3 10.3 6.1 1.4 −2.4 5.1
Average rainfall mm 64 57 59 63 79 60 52 47 58 69 84 76 768
Average high °F 36.3 41.2 50.7 59 68 74.7 79.2 79.5 73 61.3 47.1 38.7 59.1
Average low °F 24.6 27.5 33.6 40.3 47.7 53.4 56.3 55.9 50.5 43 34.5 27.7 41.2
Average rainfall inches 2.52 2.24 2.32 2.48 3.11 2.36 2.05 1.85 2.28 2.72 3.31 2.99 30.23
Source: [1]

Population[edit]

Development[2]
Year Population
1948 613
1953 675
1961 865
1971 1092
1981 1464
1991 1766
2011 1638

Račak has a population of 1,638(census 2011). Of these 1629 are Albanians, one as a Bosniak and eight did not answer.[3]

Religion[edit]

1631 are Muslims and seven did not answer.[4]

Račak massacre[edit]

Prior to the summer of 1998, Račak had a population of around 2,000 people. Most of its population was displaced by fighting between paramilitary extremist Serb forces and soldiers from the Kosovo Liberation Army in July 1998. By January 1999, about 350 people had returned to the village, according to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). On 16 January 1999, OSCE monitors found the bodies of 45 people in and around the village in what became widely known as the Racak massacre. Following the incident, for which the international community blamed the Serbian military, the remaining population fled and did not return until the end of the Kosovo War in June 1999.

References and links[edit]

  1. ^ "Klima & Wetter in REÇAK". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved May 31, 2017. 
  2. ^ Tim Bespyatov. "Kosovo Census". Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ Tim Bespyatov. "Ethnic composition of Kosovo 2011". Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ Tim Bespyatov. "Religious composition of Kosovo 2011". Retrieved May 30, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°9′50″N 20°37′16″E / 42.16389°N 20.62111°E / 42.16389; 20.62111