Stories from Kosovo

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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Sexual war crimes: the memory that keeps haunting Kosovar victims

11th April 2018

Photo: Pixabay Nearly two decades have passed since the war, but thousands of woman are still labelled and isolated. “My cousin was only 17 when she was raped,” says Linda –who’s real name is concealed to protect the identity of her cousin– as she remembers the story that left a mark in her family. “Ten […]

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Kosovo gay rights only look good on paper

5th April 2018

The first gay pride parade in Kosovo, 2017. Photo: CEL Even in the most progressive countries, young people struggle with their sexual orientation. When we look at Europe, eastern European countries especially have more problems accepting gay sexuality. `Equal´but invisible It is a sunny day in Pristina. I walk through the streets near the police […]

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Kosovar Youth Waiting to Take the Power. But They Need Jobs

3rd April 2018

A group of young men walking in the centre of Pristina, Kosovo. Photo: Marisa López It has been said that the future of a country lies within the power of its youth. In Kosovo, a small country of two million inhabitants, more than a half of the population falls under the age of 29 making […]

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Should I stay or should I go – from my home Kosovo?

3rd April 2018

Prizren, the culture capital of Kosovo – seen from the famous fortress. Photo: Marion (Rio) Wierl Internal problems combined with an upcoming EU granted visa-liberalization; the state of Kosovo now faces an ambitious young generation wishing to leave the country to search for a better future elsewhere. Meeting a friend at “the spot”, where you’ve […]

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