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Open Graves Put Spotlight On Kosovo's Missing War Dead

In a symbolic act remembrance, dozens of empty graves have been opened in Kosovo to mark the International Day of the Disappeared on August 30. More than 1,600 people are still considered missing more than two decades after Kosovo's 1998-99 war of independence from Serbia. The conflict left more than 10,000 people dead -- most of them ethnic Albanians. The families of the missing say they have struggled to find closure and continue to hunt for the remains of their loved ones.

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RFE/RL's Balkan Service

In 2019, RFE/RL's Balkan Service marked 25 years of reporting in one of the world’s most contested regions, championing professionalism and moderation in a media landscape that is sharply divided along ethnic and partisan lines.

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Doruntina Baliu

Doruntina Baliu is a journalist with RFE/RL's Kosovo Service. 

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Shkelqim Hysenaj

Shkelqim Hysenaj is an executive producer for RFE/RL's Kosovo Service.