[dropcap type=”2″]T[/dropcap]he commitment of the KFOR contingent has been renewed in a climate dominated by moments of relaxation and Serbian provocations and in a country where 90% of the population is Albanian political situation remains unstable with still 73 UN countries that don’t recognize their independence. Kosovo remains one of the poorest areas in Europe with rates of unemployment between 45 and 55%, a social climate of this type makes fertile land for recruiting by islamic matrix terrorist organizations.
A new nation looking for a strong man to trust without being able to forget the bloody past because the candidate could be Ramush Haradinaj with a turbulent past and with heavy accusations dating back
to the Serbian war.
Another problem is the Kosovar Diaspora, since the end of November, an estimated 50,000 Kosovans have left this small Balkan nation of 1.8 million – headed to Germany. During April 2017, Stefano Majno crossed the Western Balkans from Tirana, headed to Prizren, then to Pristina and Peja to meet the Italian contingent located in Visoki Decani deployed for KFOR.
During this first voyage, which will be followed by a second during the winter of this year, the situation of depopulation and endemic poverty appears clear beyond any political problem. On January 14, 2017, the train linking Belgrade and Mitrovica arrived at destination painted white, red and blue (the colors of the Serbian flag) and written throughout the convoy in 21 languages ”Kosovo is Serbia”.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that the Kosovar forces would be planning to mine the railroad track and to arrest passengers, instead for the prime minister of Kosovo deploying troops at the border was a legitimate act to protect national sovereignty.
About the author:
Stefano Majno is an indipendent photographer and traveler based in Milan.