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Kosovo is a multiethnic state. The largest ethnic group today is Albanian (ca 95%), but it is also home to numerous minorities (Serbs, Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians, Bosniaks, Sinti, Turks etc.) Although the promotion of multiethnic coexistence is a declared government endeavor, many minorities still live in social marginalization and geographic separation. For example, many Roma live in economically depressed areas on the outskirts of towns and villages; in former waste dumps or close to dilapidated, environmentally hazardous coal power stations. Serb and Albanian neighborhoods remain separated.

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Until today, bodily remains are still being brought back from Serbia for burial in Gjakova. The personal and social effects of the war are still visible today. Persecution and war have profoundly shaken a once peaceful multiethnic coexistence, and deepened the trenches between ethnic groups. Prejudice, fear and unyielding structures are a major problem in the society that can only be alleviated if the ethnic groups enter into dialogue and get to know each other. Promoting this dialogue is one of Children for Tomorrow’s aims in contributing to peace building process in Kosovo.