Photo Essay: Kosovo Year 1
Kosovo just made it through its first year as a self-declared independent country. People there may be celebrating, but Kosovo's continued poverty shows that independence is no quick fix.
Waving the flag: On Feb. 17, Kosovo celebrated the one-year anniversary of its self-declared independence from Serbia. Thousands of Kosovars took to the streets, and restaurants in the capital, Pristina, offered free champagne. In the city’s Mother Teresa Square, vendors sold Kosovo’s blue and yellow flag, as well as flags of Albania and the United States, both strong backers of Kosovo’s independence. Above, a girl waves the red Albanian flag, with the blue and yellow Kosovar flag in the background, during a celebration in Pristina Feb. 17. The mood may have been largely celebratory, but Kosovo faces many challenges ahead.
Photo: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images
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