Outside of Tirana, Albania, farmers cull the local bamboo to cover their roof. Much in Albania is the same as it was a hundred years ago. After the 1997 collapse of Albania's economy, widespread looting and ethnic conflict broke out in Albania and Kosovo, a majority Albanian province in southern Serbia, which led to the mass exodus of thousands of ethnic Albanians in 1998 and early 1999; nearly all of these 850,000 refugees returned to Kosovo starting in mid-1999, many seeking revenge against the Serbs. Photo by: Joachim Ladefoged / VII
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