2002 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 1st prize

Andrew Testa

Panos Pictures for The New York Times

15 October, 2000

Windows have repeatedly been smashed by Serbs, and by Albanians throwing stones, when international KFOR soldiers attempted to use Albanian conductors. The heavily-guarded train provides the only safe way for Serbs and Romas to travel through Albanian-dominated parts of Kosovo. Passengers face the risk of revenge attacks, after the massacre of thousands of Kosovar Albanians by Serb forces in the 1999 conflict. Set up by NATO, the train runs from near the capital Priština through a string of villages until it reaches the Serb strongholds of North Mitrovica and Zvecan in the north of the province. KFOR soldiers guard the passengers, who are split into three sections - Serbs at the front, Romas at the back, the middle reserved for Albanians. The train itself has been bombed in Albanian and Serb areas.

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