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Ten years after the declaration of independence Kosovo struggles to find its own identity. Young people who did not fight during the war feel excluded from the decision-making processes, still firmly in the hands of the former ruling class of former combatants. Meanwhile, in spite of a purely European lifestyle, people can not easily move beyond national borders and face a state of endemic backwardness.

The most critical situation remains in Mitrovica, where the river Ibar divides the city in half. On the one hand the Albanian Kosovars, on the other the Serbs.

An opposite situation is found in the town of Prizren, where Orthodox Serbs and Muslim Kosovars coexist peacefully.

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Our reportage published by the Italian newspaper La Stampa
A view of southern Mitrovica - Kosovo 2018
A view of the courtyard of the ortodox church in Prizren. The church sits close to a mosque, but surveillance is minimal - Kosovo 2018
A Muslim devotee stands in the oldest prizren mosque. In the background an Orthodox monastery - Kosovo 2018
The outskirts of Prizren - Kosovo 2018
An unfinished memorial of the Uck (Kosovo Liberation Army) in the outskirts of Prizren - Kosovo 2018
An abandoned serbian house on the hillside of Prizren. This quarter once was the home of a lot of serbs, now only few elders live here - Kosovo 2018
The route to the castle: this quarter once was the home of a lot of serbs, now only few elders live here - Kosovo 2018
A bounch of electrical cables in a street of Prizren - Kosovo 2018
Some girls play on the top of the Kalaja fortress which dominates Prizren - Kosovo 2018
A UN soldier walks on a street in Prizren - Kosovo 2018
A man walks in the former factory district of Prizren, which has now been abandoned and converted into malls - Kosovo 2018
On the road between Prizren and Pristina - Kosovo 2018
A foggy view of an Uck Cementery in the outskirts of Prizren - Kosovo 2018
Young Kosovars take a picture of themselves in front of the portrait of Adem Jashari, one of the founders of the Uck or Kosovo Liberation Army, in a square in Pristina - Kosovo 2018
Two men walk in a residential area of Pristina - Kosovo 2018
A view of the newborn monument in Pristina - Kosovo 2018
Two students sell tickets for a basketball match in front of the Newborn monument in Pristina - Kosovo 2018
Kosovar Tv interview a man in the pedestrian main street of Pristina - Kosovo 2018
Two women wals in front of a mural that praises the republic of kosovo in Pristina - Kosovo 2018
Two men walk in a residential area of Pristina - Kosovo 2018
A man dressed as Santa rest on a chair in Pristina - Kosovo 2018
The skyline of Pristina is constantly changing due to the buildings under construction - Kosovo 2018
The statue dedicated to Bill Clinton in the center of Pristina shows the date of the first American bombardment of Belgrade on March 24, 1999 - Kosovo 2018
A view of the public national library in Pristina - Kosovo 2018
Students chat in front of the national library in Pristina - Kosovo 2018
A Serbian house abandoned and destroyed near Gjakova - Kosovo 2018
A sign of the UN mission shot down in a field near Pristina - Kosovo 2018
A man walks past a mural that praises reconciliation in southern Mitrovica - Kosovo 2018
A man walks in front of an office of the Kosovar Ministry of Labor where someone wrote, in the lower part of the stairway, "no to negotiations, self-determination" - Kosovo 2018
A view of the northern part of Mitrovica - Kosovo 2018
A statue of the serbian prince Lazar points toward the southern part of Mitrovica - Kosovo 2018
A car without a license plate in a courtyard in North Mitrovica. Many inhabitants drive without a license plate to avoid tensions between Albanians and Serbs - Kosovo 2018
A car without a license plate in a courtyard in North Mitrovica. Many inhabitants drive without a license plate to avoid tensions between Albanians and Serbs - Kosovo 2018
A view of Mitrovica Nord - Kosovo 2018
Serbs of Mitrovica Nord walk on the central street of the quarter, adorned with serbian flags. On the background the northern side of Mitrovica Bridge - Kosovo 2018
Advertising boards inspired by Europe are seen in Mitrovica South - Kosovo 2018
An empty parking shows a "1 Euro" sign in Mitrovica South - Kosovo 2018
A shop in southern Mitrovica offers articles that praise Albanian nationalism - Kosovo 2018
Spectators follow a professional football match in southern Mitrovica - Kosovo 2018
A Roma man tries to follow a soccer match from a high position outside the stadium walls - Kosovo 2018
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