Kosovo Conflict

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The land of Kosovo has been plagued with tension for hundreds of years, being claimed by several surrounding countries. The two biggest contenders, Albanians in Kosovo and Serbia have been fighting for the land, which culminated in a full war from 1998-1999. The war brought international attention to the war crimes committed by both sides, and proved that the two countries had years to go before coming to a solution. The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) led by Kosovo Albanians, and the Serbian militia led by President Slobodan Milošević committed heinous crimes against their enemies. Crimes range from ethnic cleansing to rape, and destruction of whole villages. The violence created a serious refugee problem that is still relevant today.…show more content…
The second story is about a famous Macedonian photographer, Aleksander, in London who is having an affair with a married British woman, but decides to move back to Macedonia. The third story is about Aleksander moving back and reuniting with his first love an Albanian woman named Hana. This movie shows the personal effects of the ethnic conflicts and shows how far the conflicts reached. The photographer’s family does not approve of him seeing Hana because there is ethnic tension between the Macedonians and Albanians. While the Albanians were taking over Kosovo, fear spread to neighboring countries with an Albanian population especially western Macedonia, and in one scene that fear is shown when Aleksander’s brother says, “Damn Albanians. They breed like rabbits,” and another family member responds, ‘They’ll take us over” (Manchevski). Before the Kosovo War, Albanians were setting themselves up to take over and make a greater Albania (Binder), so this fear was not without merit. Also, Albanian refugees from the war were moving into neighboring countries, which angered countries that could not support the large number of people. The feeling of outsiders encroaching on their territory inspires hate and fear. In the movie everyone can be seen holding a gun even the children because they are always ready to fight. The perpetuation of violence never stops,
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