Serbs in Kosovo

One of the barely known consequences of 1999 war in Kosovo is the surviving of the Serbian population in a today nearly mono ethnic Albanian territory.

Since the beginning of the war and after the so-called march riots of 2004, when radical Albanian burned orthodox churches monasteries and houses, killing several members of the Serbian minority in more than 33 different villages, around 250,000 Serbs have flee their homes and abandoned their lands.

Those who decided to come back found their houses substituted by refugee ship-containers and the fear of ethnic cleansing for non Albanian still floting in the air.

In absence of an official census, it's estimated that still 150,000 Serbs live in “enclaves”,  located in areas under surveillance of the European Army, KFOR and UNMIK.

These communities are all located around holy places for the Serbian Orthodox Church, which has  its cradle in Kosovo since the XI century in cities like Pec, Prizren, Grazanica or Decany.

One of the condition for Serbia to enter  in the European Union is to accept the independence of Kosovo, never recognised by Spain, Russia or China among others.

Tension between Kosovian Government and Serb-Kosovian increased again recently, when Serb barricades hiked up in the city of Mitrovica, epicentre of the Serbian protest wich is totaly opposed to neither recognising Kosovo nor joining the EU.