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A good thing. In Kosovo, the virus allows humanity to shine

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) – Helping her elderly father cope with a coronavirus infection on his own, Arta Asha taught Ashari how one power can inspire others to change the situation for the better.

The 32-year-old soprano took over from his father, Baki Bashari, the maestro of the Kosovo Philharmonic, who suffers from diabetes and heart disease, when he was discharged from the overcrowded pulmonology clinic in June last year.

Working under quarantine was difficult. With the kindness of his neighbors, he was able to provide Jashari with food and other necessities. His father recovered a month later, but it was the compassion of strangers that made him realize that the world is in all this, that kindness must be paid for.

At home, the famous artist Asha Ashar decided to help, wearing a protective suit, returning to the Pulmonary Clinic to offer everything he could.

“You give them hope when you surround them. “They know you will help here,” he told the Associated Press.

Asha Ashar has no medical training, but she helped the doctors with any necessary eggs by helping them either in the clinic or at home. For patients recovering at home, he was often the liaison between their “overburdened medical staff” and even referred nurses to those in need of practical treatment.

Flamur Marcou, a pulmonologist at the clinic, says everyone has a hard time believing “why someone is endangering their health and getting infected.”

“Even with protective clothing and other items, it is always more dangerous for a patient suffering from COVID-19,” said Mark. “It was a lot bigger than that.”

Asha Ashar has never received official permission to help at the clinic, but no one has ever stopped her.

“I have never thought about whether it will be a problem for me if I get infected or not, because I think people’s lives matter more than being infected or not,” he told the asha. He said the most important thing is to just be there for patients who “long for your presence because they need so much emotional support.”

After learning to sing, Ashaar graduated from the Universities of Pristina, Berlin and Ljubljana. He works with the Kosovo Philharmonic. The apple did not fall far from the tree. Jashari’s mother is also a soprano.

The concert in late February was one of the few that took place during the last year due to the epidemic.

Asha told Ashar that she misses the intensity of a whole season of concerts that are now mostly online or with a very limited audience. But his time at the clinic, combined with translating world operas into Albanian, kept him busy. He says that pouring love into any play is like helping out in a clinic.

“You give so much love, so much hope and so much emotion … և here (in the clinic) is the same.”

According to Kosovo’s Hopkins University, Kosovo had 1,674 confirmed virus deaths and more than 73,600 cases. To curb new infections, the government has ordered a curfew overnight and banned public gatherings of more than 50 people.

It was difficult to force Asha Ashari to explain her communication with COVID-19 patients. He avoided the spotlight, saying that he did not do it for advertising.

“I think it is very possible that the whole world is living in the same situation now (the epidemic) is restoring humanity in the world,” he said.


Semini reported from Tirana, Albania.


“One Good Thing” is a series that emphasizes the individuals whose actions give a ray of joy in difficult times. Stories about people who find a way to make a difference, no matter how small. Read the collection of stories at https://apnews.com/hub/one-good-othing



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