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Wrong side of the tracks

For minorities in the new Kosovo, the future is uncertain. In a population of 1.9 million at the end of 2006, around 90% were ethnically Albanian, 6% Serb, 2% Muslim Slavs, with the remainder Roma, Ashkali, Egyptians and Turks. In some instances, notably during a period of unrest in 2004, the oppressed have become the oppressors, as revenge attacks by Albanians have forced these minorities from their homes.

For a time, a heavily-guarded train provided the only safe way for Serbs and Roma to travel through Albanian-dominated parts of Kosovo. Set up by NATO, the train ran from near the capital Pristina through a string of villages until it reached the Serb strongholds of North Mitrovica and Zvecan. International KFOR soldiers guarded the passengers, who were split into three sections - Serbs at the front, Roma at the back, the middle reserved for Albanians.

Andrew Testa's story on the train won a target='_blank'>World Press Photo award in 2002. He continued to trace the fortunes of Kosovo's minorities as the province moved towards independence.

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