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Mitrovica (1 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

The Mitrovica bridge over the river Ibar that divides the town into an ethnic-Serbian north and an ethnic-Kosovo Albanian south. Seen from the south through barbwire.

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Mitrovica (2 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

A Roma boy takes a look at some newly constructed houses in the Roma Mahala. After the conflict, Albanians set the Roma Mahala on fire blaming the minority as alleged Serb collaborators.

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Mitrovica (3 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

View over Mitrovica from the hill in the ethnic-Serbian north with St. Demetrius church in front.

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Mitrovica (4 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

A Roma boy rides his bike in the newly build Roma Mahala next to the construction side of a mosque. After the conflict Albanians set the Roma Mahala on fire blaming the minority as alleged Serb collaborators

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Mitrovica (5 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

A Roma is standing next to the ruins of his house. After the conflict, Albanians set the Roma Mahala on fire blaming the minority as alleged Serb collaborators. Today the man is living in a room in the ground floor. He refused to move into one of the newly buildings and wants to rebuild his old home.

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Mitrovica (7 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

In order to avoid ethnically motivated attacks, car drivers, both from north and south, only drive through the streets of Mitrovica with their license plates removed.

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Mitrovica (8 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

An ‘exhibition’ in the ethnic-Serbian north showing images of the 2004 clashes.

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Mitrovica (9 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

A man is having a look down the Ibar river that divides the town into an ethnic- Serbian north and an ethnic-Albanian south.

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Mitrovica (10 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

A small bridge connects the ethnic-Serbian north (seen in this image) with the ethnic- Albanian south as well as the rebuild Roma Mahala.

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Mitrovica (11 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

The ethnic-Serbian north seen from the blockaded Mitrovica bridge.

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Mitrovica (13 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Spectators at a soccer match in the ethnic-Albanian south of Mitrovica.

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Mitrovica (14 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Anti EULEX (European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo) graffiti in the ethnic- Serbian north of Mitrovica.

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Mitrovica (15 of 25)
Mitrovica
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Anti-EULEX (European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo) graffiti in the ethnic- Albanian south of Mitrovica.

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Mitrovica (16 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

A street vendor is sitting next to an UCK monument in the ethnic-Albanian south.

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Mitrovica (17 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Poverty is omnipresent, no matter if in the ethnic-Albanian south (this image) or the ethnic-Serbian north.

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Mitrovica (18 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Stray dogs wander the streets of Mitrovica in the ethnic-Serbian north.

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Mitrovica (19 of 25)
mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Roma boys in the newly build Roma Mahala. After the conflict Albanians set the Roma Mahala on fire blaming the minority as alleged Serb collaborators.

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Mitrovica (20 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Stray dogs and KFOR troops are omnipresent in the streets of Mitrovica (this image: ethnic-Serbian north).

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Mitrovica (21 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Anti-Serbia graffiti on a wall next to the Ibar river (this image: ethnic-Serbian north).

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Mitrovica (22 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Two monuments: A new mosque is build with financial help of Turkey. In the middle of the traffic roundabout is a monument of the famous Trepča mine.

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Mitrovica (24 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

A Roma boy is riding his bike in the rebuilt Roma Mahala. After the conflict Albanians set the Roma Mahala on fire blaming the minority as alleged Serb collaborators.

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Mitrovica (25 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Stray dogs gather next to the street blockade of the Mitrovica bridge over the Ibar which divides the city into an ethnic-Serbian north and an ethnic-Kosovo Albanian South.

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Mitrovica
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By U.S. Editor
19 Mar 2013

In the north of Kosovo lies a town that is divided by the river Ibar. Serbs call it Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo Albanians define the city as Mitrovicë.
Since the beginning of the Kosovo conflict and especially after the Republic of Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008, Mitrovica has been the center of heavy tensions between ethnic- Serbs and ethnic-Albanians. Kosovo Serb officials refused to take orders from the Albanian authorities and started to blockade the Mitrovica bridge over the river Ibar so that a direct crossing from one part of the city to another is quite difficult and insecure for the town’s inhabitants.
Ethnic-Serbs control the north of Kosovska Mitrovica, ethnic-Albanians inhabit the south of Mitrovicë.
Before the Kosovo wars the Roma Mahala in the south part of Mitrovica, was home to more than 8,000 Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians (RAE). After the conflict Roma were considered to be collaborators with the Serbian military. Albanians set the Roma Mahala on fire. After every single house was destroyed, the Roma had to flee.
Today the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, EULEX, is operating in the country. About 3,200 police and judicial officials are under the organization’s control. The EULEX mandate has been extended until 2014.