National Geographic : 2009 Jul
As dawn creeps over Velika Hoca in Kosovo, a young monk (left) recites the Serbian Orthodox liturgy in a chapel graced by fragments of medieval icons. Kosovo's Albanian majority declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Both nationalities argue the land is rightfully theirs. In ethnically split Mitrovica, French peacekeepers (above) fight boredom near homes ruined in interethnic conflict.