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A New Dawn

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on the 17th of February 2008, thus completing a long and difficult journey towards statehood. Since the end of the war in 1999 Kosovo had been in diplomatic limbo, technically still a province of Serbia but administered by the United Nations. Ethnic Albanians, who make up around 90% of the population, took to the streets to celebrate the declaration, but the Serb and Roma minorities fear for their future in the new independent Kosovo.

In the lead-up to Kosovo's independence day, Andrew Testa returned to Pristina. These pictures mark the birth of the world's newest country.

Click here to watch a New York Times multimedia presentation of Andrew Testa's work.
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