On the road with the project « On the footsteps of Albert Londres » - second stop: Bitola
The journey continues for the young protagonists of the fifth edition of the project “On the footsteps of Albert Londres”. After five busy and inspiring days in Skopje, on 5th August the group moved to Bitola (South of Macedonia), one the most important cities for the Eastern Front of the First World War.
On the way to Bitola, the group stopped in Gradsko, which still bears the signs of the Great War. Thanks to help of a local expert, the young reporters could visit the ruins of the German cemetery and railway station and do some reportages on the field.
On 6th, always thanks to the helpful contributions of locals, a part of the group visited the French cemetery in Bitola and the National Park of Pelister, where bloody combats took place between 1916 and 1918. The others went to the hills of Novaci, in the North of Bitola, which is still considered one of the strategic places in the Eastern Front of the Great War for the armies of the Triple Intente. The excursion was the occasion to visit the French trenches and get to know the extreme life conditions in which soldiers were forced to live.
On 7th, the official press conference of the project took place, with the presence of local and national newspapers and media. Besides the young reporters, among the speakers: Ivana Dimitrovska, Head of Office of ALDA branch in Skopje, who presented the work of ALDA and of Cooperation Lower Normandy-Macedonia in the framework of the project; Kaliopa Krivasija Stilinovik, French Hononary Consul in Skopje; Frédéric Prulhiere and Alain Valentini, respectively Vice-president of the Association “On the Footsteps of Albert Londres” and Responsible for the video documentary, who presented the work of Albert Londres in the Balkans, the journey and the objectives of this year project.
Here you can find the Le journal La Montagne newspaper' press release
Here you can find the La Semaine de l'Alier newspaper' press release
For further information, please read the press release published in the Macedonian Information Agency and watch the videos and news items of the press conference in: