Women who survived sexual violence in the Kosovo conflict have belatedly become eligible for a war pension

Five tombs lie side by side, marble headstones etched with the images of men whose deaths attest to one of the largest massacres by Serbian forces during the Kosovo war. A larger memorial in the quiet mountain village of Beleg, Gjakova, bears the names of a further 46, whose bodies were never found.

Kosovo’s landscape is dotted with tributes to freedom fighters, dead and missing; to heroes and martyrs of the ethnic Albanian uprising against the Yugoslav regime that was led by Serbian warlord Slobodan Milosevic. But nothing marks what Human Rights Watch have called the “weapons” and “instruments of systematic ethnic cleansing” of that war – the use of rape and sexual violence.

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