Wednesday, December 07, 2005

North Mitrovica political art 7: I haven't been able to find any exact translations of "USKE", "GAGO", or "EKI", though Usk may be the name of a person or place.

[Corrected on the 20th of May 2007.]

Anonymous commented that, "Uske is a nick name of a person nothing more".

The only approximation I could find was "USK" as a Serbian abbreviation of "Albanian National Army". (AKSh (Armata Kombetare Shqiptare) is the Albanian language acronym for the ANA (Albanian National Army).)

As English language tags are written elsewhere (and French language graffiti here) it is quite possible that a Serbian language tag was written here by a member or supporter of the Albanian National Army.

The reading of the acronym, though, may be inaccurate, as I understand that the Serbian language acronym would be ANA (Albanski Narodni Armija); USK in Serbian would, however, sound the same as UCK (Ushtria Clirimtare e Kosoves), the Albanian language acronym for the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army) and a UCK member or supporter may have intended the phonetic reading of the tag, understandable to Serb readers.

1 comment:

  1. Uske is a nick name of a person nothing more.