Stories from Kosovo

Fighting against radical Islamic indoctrination in Kosovo

20th April 2018

Kosovo is the country in Europe with highest rate of foreign fighters Photo: Paula Cámara “Kosovo is the first country to export foreign fighters in proportion to its population in Europe and the Official Islamic Community is behind it” explains journalist Visar Duriqi. “Some imams, the main figures of the community, are involved in radical speeches […]

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Kosovo’s security services in transition

19th April 2018

MITROVICA – Less and less foreign soldiers in Kosovo. Photo: Jordi Wolf The power of foreign organizations KFOR (NATO) and EULEX (European Union) is decreasing and the power of the national police is increasing. The country is already setting up its own army but incidents sometimes limit plans for the future.  It is March  26th. […]

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Kosovo’s rising contemporary art scene, challenging norms and building a future

15th April 2018

Cityscapes transformed, graffiti turning the mundane into works of art. Photo: Georgia Macleod Freelance artists and small contemporary art organisations in Prishtina are carving out their own space despite lack of recognition and funding from Kosovo’s ministry of culture. The wall runs 300 meters along the road, covered from top to bottom in vibrant colours, […]

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The Serbian Orthodox bubble: A visit to Kosovo’s Dečani Monastery

14th April 2018

For ten years the Serbian Orthodox Church has rejected Kosovo’s declared independence, yet despite political tensions between Belgrade and Pristina, they must find a way to live peacefully with Kosovar Albanians. Smelling of freshly cut grass, the Dečani monastery sits silently in the centre of a huge KFOR presence. Enclosed within a series of gates […]

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Scenes of Mitrovica, a Fortress for the Serbian Minority in Kosovo

14th April 2018

The Mitrovica bridge from the South part of the city. Photo: Marisa López In Mitrovica, a city in the northern region of Kosovo, the vivid memory of a war that ended in 1998 lays dormant in the city’s streets and bridges. The North and South are divided by the Ibar river. Several bridges connect the […]

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“The best way to prove you have your own state now, is accepting Serbians as your minority” – Una Hajdari, Kosovo journalist

14th April 2018

Una Hajdara during the interview at her office in Pristina. Photo: Marisa López From Pristina, Una Hajdari is a Balkan based reporter able to talk both officials languages of Kosovo, Albanian and Serbian, leading her to become a well-known journalist, respected by both sides. In her work, she has focused is on nationalism, inter-ethnic tensions and […]

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Vladimir Milic: memories of a childhood between bombs and violence

13th April 2018

Vladimir Milic (26). Background Saint Demetrius Orthodox Church in Mitrovica. Photo: Marisa López Albanians were the biggest victims during the Kosovo war (1998- 1999). Since then, the roles have changed. After the defeat of the Serbians, Albanians became the majority ethnic group leaving the Serbian minority now feeling oppressed in some Kosovo regions. “You have to […]

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Milorad Trifunovic, 20 years pursuing the truth after the kidnapping of his brother

13th April 2018

Milorad Trifunovic (70) in his office surrounded by photos of missing people. In the sign “57 murdered and 27 kidnapper Serb workers of the Electric Power Industry. Is anyone responsible? North of Mitrovica. Photo: Marisa López Miroslav Trifunovic represents one of the 1.665 persons who are still missing from the hostilities during that period.  His brother, Milorad, […]

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Divided by nostalgia for the past and hunger for the future

13th April 2018

En route to Prishtina, the winding road between Serbia and Kosovo. Photo: Georgia Macleod A new highway between Niš and Prishtina is projected to bring political stability and peace to the region but it will take more than a highway to bridge the divide between Serbians and Kosovars. The journey from Niš to Prishtina is […]

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Kosovo’s “black gold” –way more than just a hot drink

13th April 2018

Photo: Marion (Rio) Wierl Coffee is a staple within the entire Balkan region, playing an especially important role in everyday Kosovar life. The “outstanding” black gold serves various social demands because “no matter what, coffee is the meeting point.” You want to meet a friend – you go for coffee. You haven’t seen your family […]

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