REFUGEES have marked the tenth anniversary of the end of Kosovo War by performing traditional songs and dances at Hounslow's Civic Centre.
Eastern Europeans who were forced to flee their countries when fighting broke out in the late 90s organised the event on Saturday, June 13 as a thank you to west London residents for making them feel so at home.
The Kosovo War came to an end on June 11, 1999, when NATO stopped its air-strikes against Yugoslavia.
Ruzhdi Jata and his young daughter were forced to flee Albania that year along with thousands of refugees.
The 57-year-old, who lived in Hounslow and Feltham before settling in Richmond, said he would never forget the hospitality of his new neighbours.
“We want to give something back to the community that welcomed us so warmly,” he added.
He is working with the Hounslow-based charity SFIDA (Challenge) to raise awareness about preventing violent extremism among young people in the borough.