Kosovo is struggling for legitimacy as a country separate from Serbia. Google Maps articulates this struggle by placing a dotted line between Serbia and Kosovo rather than a solid border.
The countries highlighted in green recognize Kosovo’s independence.
KFOR forces gathering for a shift outside of Visoki Dečani Monastery, which has been attacked several times (most recently in 2007).
Graffiti on the bridge in Mitrovica with the country of Kosovo and the word “Serbian” stamped on it.
Graffiti in northern Mitrovica,which is inhabited by Serbian Kosovars. Many conservative Serbs (in Kosovo as well as Serbia) still consider Kosovo part of Serbia and condemn international intervention for “taking” Kosovo away.
Some of the only graffiti in English that I saw in downtown Priština (Kosovo’s capital).
Inside parliament. This is perhaps the only time I saw the flag of Kosovo on its own.
Two monuments honoring Kosovo’s international allies. The Newborn sign is painted with a new design every year. This year, it bears the military camo of the countries that participated in NATO’s “liberation” of Kosovo.
These are a few of the pictures hanging in downtown Priština to remind passersby that more than 1700 civilians are still missing after the war.