Kosovo independence anniversary ‘how a nation’s joy has turned t

Punonjësit e Teatrit Kombëtar të Gjilanit, qëndrojnë pranë banakut të kafenesë së boshatisur të Teatrit, në përvjetorin e shtatë të pavarësisë së Kosovës. (Foto: Vedat Xhymshiti, për Corbis/THE Frontliner)...

Employees of the National Theatre of Gjilan, from June 2014 have no contracts. However, their services are required by the municipality which has responsibility for managing the Theatre. Indeed they are not being paid. “We are being held for slavery” the workers told Zuma Press, during 7th anniversary of country’s independence where the mayor of Gjilan, Lutfi Haziri was holding a speech in the ocassion.

Vedat Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist and war correspondent. He has reported on a number of Middle Eastern conflicts from the Arab Spring in 2010 to the current Syrian civil war. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde ect. He is specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic, a columnist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and founder of THEFrontliner.net