Under UN protection since June 1999, the Albanians of Kosovo declared their independance on February 17,2008.
“Since 1999 more than 200,000 Serbs have fled Kosovo and 22,000 more have abandoned their apartements or houses to find refuge in nearby village enclaves. And while albanian villages are draped in flags and banners, resembling the aftermath of a national holiday, the serbian ghettos yield to misery and desperation. (…) Some Serbs dream of leaving but in the Gorazdevac enclave, as in other areas,many want to stay at all costs. Because of their dead, because of their land; this cradle which beckons them like an eternal grave” (Aline Maume, Geo mag).