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Migjen Kelmendi
Migjen Kelmendi

Migjen Kelmendi is a rock-star turned journalist from Pristina. He is the editor of Jáva, a newspaper written in Kosovo's native Gheg dialect, not in Standard Albanian, which is based on Tosk from southern Albania. Gheg is the mother tongue of all Kosovars. The choice to write in the dialect actually spoken by Kosovars reflects Migjen's fascination with the development of a distinct Kosovar identity, and a civic and not an ethnic state.

The story of Migjen's family reflects the social transformation of Kosovo in the past two generations:

"My grandfather was a highlander from around Peja. He 'slipped' down the mountains between the two world wars and ended up in the first city at the bottom â

May 2008
ESI

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