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Kosovo: A young country, being shaped by its youth

On the 10-year anniversary of its independence from Serbia, half of Kosovars want to move West. The others want to shape its future. Read more

Kosovo marks 10 years of independence but its people remain divided

On Feb. 17, Kosovo celebrates the 10th anniversary of its independence from Serbia. Still not recognized by about 100 nations (including Russia, Spain, Greece and China), Kosovo is struggling to exist. Read more

Musicians and miners hope to heal Kosovo’s division

“Most of our students stay here until they finish school and then leave for Belgrade or Pristina,” says Emir Hasani, a musician from the Serb-majority northern Mitrovica. He works with the Mitrovica Rock School, which runs daily music classes on both sides of the city and helps students form bands that cross the ethnic divide. Read more

Giving peace a chance? Music can drive us apart as much as it unites

To avoid hardening the borderlines, some projects have harnessed musical styles that are perceived to be politically or culturally neutral. For example, in modern-day Kosovo Musicians without Borders steer away from popular but divisive turbofolk, connecting youth in the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica through rock music. Read more

Teaching through trauma

De Jong was un-phased by the participants’ behavior. As a trainer for Musicians Without Borders, an international nonprofit organization that uses music education to assist in healing conflict-ridden communities, he has led courses everywhere from Rwanda and Palestinian territories to Kosovo and Northern Ireland. Read more