26 Jan 2016 / 13:51

Few but Fanatical – the Kosovo Women Who Go Over to ISIS

Arbana Xharra

Kosovo has been one of Europe’s most pro-American states since the United States helped it break free of Serbian control. Yet in a generational shift in this largely secular country, Islamic radicalisation is making some in-roads among the young. And it’s not only men who have gone east to join ISIS


Infographic: BIRN

Laura Hyseni was a typical Kosovo teenager, hanging out with her girlfriends in cafes and bars, not doing much to worry her comfortably off and open-minded parents.

“She would call a cab to go for coffee meetings with her friends in town. She would wear the same as her peers -- sometimes short skirts, jeans. She was very modern,” says Faik Uksmajli, whose son Arbnor she married.

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Arbana Xharra

Arbana Xharra has won several awards for her investigative reporting in Kosovo. 

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