Headscarf Ban Sparks Debate Over Kosovo's Identity

August 23, 2010

Author: Mark Lowen

Source: BBC News


The home of Florinda Zeka in central Kosovo is an idyllic spot, surrounded by undulating hills.

The silence of the countryside is broken only by the family chickens wandering idly through the garden.

But for the last few months, life for this 17-year-old has been anything but peaceful.

She was forced to leave school when she donned the hijab - or Islamic headscarf - in March, after the Kosovan government banned them in state schools.