A Little Local Poll or The Birth of a Nation?

MARKO DJURICA/REUTERS

ON THE MARCH: Kosovar Serbs wave a faked picture of President Tadic wearing Albanian headgear

Ilija and Blaguna Trajkovic don't think much of democracy. Forced by an ethnic Albanian mob to leave their home in the Kosovo capital, Pristina, last March, and then obliged to stand by as the 19th century Serbian Orthodox church they had taken care of was torched, the Serb couple now live in a shipping container in the enclave of Gracanica, south of Pristina. In the past month, successive international delegations have urged the Trajkovics and 130,000 other members of the Serb minority living in Kosovo to participate in this week's elections for the Kosovo Assembly, the provisional local government. But the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!