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Kosovo: A Day In The Life

February 10, 2017, was just an ordinary day in Kosovo, except for one small thing: After RFE/RL put out the call, amateur photographers set out to capture daily life in their cities, villages, homes, and workplaces.

A fruit seller takes a chomp out of his wares at a market in Vushtrri. RFE/RL's Balkan Service asked Kosovar locals to take a picture "that represents your reality that day." (Photo by Bleron Çaka)
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A fruit seller takes a chomp out of his wares at a market in Vushtrri. RFE/RL's Balkan Service asked Kosovar locals to take a picture "that represents your reality that day." (Photo by Bleron Çaka)

Alms-giving on the steps of the Sinan Pasha mosque in Prizren. The project called for photos that captured "the essence and variety of what it means to live in Kosovo that day." (Photo by Isuf Bytyçi)
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Alms-giving on the steps of the Sinan Pasha mosque in Prizren. The project called for photos that captured "the essence and variety of what it means to live in Kosovo that day." (Photo by Isuf Bytyçi)

A view down one of the main roads of Pristina. The weather on February 10 hovered around -1 degrees Celsius. (Photo by Mensur Gashi)
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A view down one of the main roads of Pristina. The weather on February 10 hovered around -1 degrees Celsius. (Photo by Mensur Gashi)

Schoolkids on the street in Fushe-Kosove, photographed by Flakon Zharku. The 17-year-old says he studied the requirements of the photo project carefully and decided to photograph the neighborhood around his house.  
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Schoolkids on the street in Fushe-Kosove, photographed by Flakon Zharku. The 17-year-old says he studied the requirements of the photo project carefully and decided to photograph the neighborhood around his house.

 

A barber clipping into the evening in Pristina. (Photo by Arben Llapashtica)
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A barber clipping into the evening in Pristina. (Photo by Arben Llapashtica)

Media students in central Pristina. Elion Misini (right) says he set up his camera to take a photo every second. "I just wanted to show our everyday work, so I left the camera taking photos while we worked." With no central heating in much of Kosovo, portable heaters are an essential item to survive the Balkan winters. 
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Media students in central Pristina. Elion Misini (right) says he set up his camera to take a photo every second. "I just wanted to show our everyday work, so I left the camera taking photos while we worked." With no central heating in much of Kosovo, portable heaters are an essential item to survive the Balkan winters. 

A sermon inside a mosque in Dragash (Photo by Admir Idrizi)
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A sermon inside a mosque in Dragash (Photo by Admir Idrizi)

A bundle of chickens at a market in Vushtrri. Photographer Bleron Çaka says that day, like most Fridays, was particularly busy as people headed out for their weekly shopping.
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A bundle of chickens at a market in Vushtrri. Photographer Bleron Çaka says that day, like most Fridays, was particularly busy as people headed out for their weekly shopping.

A schoolgirl's skip, captured by Admir Idrizi after school let out.
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A schoolgirl's skip, captured by Admir Idrizi after school let out.

Neatly stacked firewood in Prizren. (Photo by Novi Rosaj)
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Neatly stacked firewood in Prizren. (Photo by Novi Rosaj)

A beggar wrapped up against the chill in Mother Theresa Square in Prishtina. (Photo by Jeton Sopa)
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A beggar wrapped up against the chill in Mother Theresa Square in Prishtina. (Photo by Jeton Sopa)

Shaip Kçiku got out of bed extra early that day. He told RFE/RL, "I wanted to make sure the streets were empty to take the photo." The print he's holding shows the Gjilan neighborhood as it looked in the 1970s.
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Shaip Kçiku got out of bed extra early that day. He told RFE/RL, "I wanted to make sure the streets were empty to take the photo." The print he's holding shows the Gjilan neighborhood as it looked in the 1970s.

A worker in Fushe-Kosove flashes a smile at Flakon Zharku. The 17-year old photographer says he has been taking photos since he was a little boy with "whatever camera I could get my hands on." 
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A worker in Fushe-Kosove flashes a smile at Flakon Zharku. The 17-year old photographer says he has been taking photos since he was a little boy with "whatever camera I could get my hands on." 

The gentle click-clack of knitting needles inside a home in Prizren. (Photograph by Drenusha Lika)
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The gentle click-clack of knitting needles inside a home in Prizren. (Photograph by Drenusha Lika)

Women at a stand displaying Bibles in Prizren. Christians in Kosovo are a small minority, with around 95 percent of the population identifying as Muslim. (Photo by Arben Llapashtica)
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Women at a stand displaying Bibles in Prizren. Christians in Kosovo are a small minority, with around 95 percent of the population identifying as Muslim. (Photo by Arben Llapashtica)

A quiet street scene in Prishtina, photographed by Violeta Myftari.
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A quiet street scene in Prishtina, photographed by Violeta Myftari.

A tractor rumbling through the village of Obiliq. (Photo by Flakon Zharku)
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A tractor rumbling through the village of Obiliq. (Photo by Flakon Zharku)

Detail of a mosque in Pristina. (Photo by Jeton Sopa)
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Detail of a mosque in Pristina. (Photo by Jeton Sopa)

Street scene in Ferizaj, Kosovo's third-largest city. (Photo by Bleta Hyseni)
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Street scene in Ferizaj, Kosovo's third-largest city. (Photo by Bleta Hyseni)

A gentler moment in the chicken market in Vushtrri. (Photo by Bleron Çaka)
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A gentler moment in the chicken market in Vushtrri. (Photo by Bleron Çaka)

A water mill in the village of Shtime. (Photo by Gazmend Ademaj)
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A water mill in the village of Shtime. (Photo by Gazmend Ademaj)

A man reading from the Koran in Jashar Pasha Mosque, Pristina. (Photo by Egzon Bytyqi)
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A man reading from the Koran in Jashar Pasha Mosque, Pristina. (Photo by Egzon Bytyqi)

Selfie within a selfie in the village of Krushevo. (Photo by Admir Idrizi)
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Selfie within a selfie in the village of Krushevo. (Photo by Admir Idrizi)

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