When Ibrahim Delija walks the streets of his hometown, he worries someone will ask him for a light.
Here in Mitrovica, an ethnically divided city in northern Kosovo, even this innocent question can carry a sinister motive. Delija, 21, is not worried about unprepared cigarette smokers, but rather nationalist agitators eager to provoke ethnic violence.
“If you answer in your language and they can’t understand it, they know you’re not part of their community and you will be in serious trouble,” he says, sitting in a hazy, sunlit cafe during an afternoon away from his university English studies. “It’s like being in prison, living here.”