12 February 2008 – With Kosovo expected to declare its independence, a slow exodus is threatening Kosovo’s mountain inhabitants, the Gorani. The Gorani are an ethnic minority that share the Islamic faith of Kosovo’s two million Albanians, although they speak Serbian and identify themselves with other Slavs. Around two-thirds of the 18,000 Gorani who lived in Kosovo before the war have already left for neighbouring countries, driven out by poverty and unemployment, and an uncertain future awaits those who remain.

Joanna Partridge reports for Reuters