A delicate peace exists in Mitrovica, Kosovo’s second largest city. Ethnically divided by the Ibar river, Serbs live in the north, and Albanians in the south. A bridge connects the city but is heavily guarded by NATO troops. For those that live here, it’s a life of fear. Since the Kosovo War of 1999, ethnic tensions have remained a volatile issue, Mitrovica regularly being the focal point. It’s a city where speaking the wrong language in the wrong part of town can be life-threatening. It’s a city where having the wrong number plate in the wrong part of town can lead to vicious attacks. It’s a city where grenades are thrown at inter-ethnic couples and graves are desecrated. Neither Serbs nor Albanians accept the authority of one another in Mitrovica. Hatred runs deep in this city.
This video is part of a wider multimedia project investigating ethnic tensions in Kosovo.
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