We talked to 15 people from across a variety of backgrounds, genders, and ages about how they remember Independence Day. Some recalled the joys of celebrating in the freezing temperatures, how surreal it all felt, while others recounted feelings of trepidation for what would happen to their communities since they were not Albanian. Many had to deal with the complicated emotions of feeling both sadness and joy, as independence had come at a steep human price. Another recounted how not everyone could enjoy that day because the north of Kosovo was, de facto, separated.

The project is a collaboration between Prishtina Insight and Oral History Initiative.

Saranda Bogujevci


Saranda Bogujevci (1986), MP, Podujevo

Petrit Bejdoni


Petrit Bejdoni (1988), social worker, Gjakova

Nita Salihu Hoxha


Nita Salihu Hoxha (1984), graphic designer, Pristina

Jelena Bjelica


Jelena Bjelica (1978), journalist, Belgrade

Fatlum Kryeziu


Fatlum Kryeziu (1996), student, Prizren

Shqipdona Ademi


Shqipdona Ademi (1996), student, Skenderaj

Dardan Hoti


Dardan Hoti (1989), journalist and human rights activist, Krushë e Madhe

Hana Bajrami


Hana Bajrami (1987), civil servant, Pristina

Ebru Süleyman


Ebru Süleyman (1990), consultant, Pristina

Bardh Salihu


Bardh Salihu (1986), project manager, Pristina

Atdhe Mulla


Atdhe Mulla (1983), photographer, Pristina

Valdete Idrizi


Valdete Idrizi (1975), civil society activists, Mitrovica

Adrian Bytyqi


Adrian Bytyqi (1992), political scientist, Prizren

Abdyl Gashi


Abdyl Gashi (1944) educator, Pristina

Milica Andrić


Milica Andrić (1992), civil society activist, Zubin Potok.