Valerie Plesch

Valerie Plesch

Valerie Plesch is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Kosovo. She covers post-war issues, religion, culture, sports and politics and has also reported from Afghanistan, Vietnam and Nepal

Kosovo

International Day of the Disappeared: Finding Kosovo's missing

Forensic efforts to identify remains from 1998-1999 war, which involve reopening graves, draw support and resistance.

International Day of the Disappeared: Finding Kosovo's missing

Kosovo

Kosovo is trying to reintegrate ISIL returnees. Will it work?

In April, 110 Kosovars - mostly women and children - returned on a US military aircraft from a Syrian camp.

Kosovo is trying to reintegrate ISIL returnees. Will it work?

Europe

Kosovo raids spark anger, division in Mitrovica

Serbs feel targeted by authorities in the northern city, where a river separates them from ethnic Albanians.

Kosovo raids spark anger, division in Mitrovica

Kosovo

'They took him from my hands': Kosovo War massacre remembered

On April 27, 1999, Serbian forces killed 376 ethnic Albanian Muslims and Catholics in Meja as they sought refuge.

'They took him from my hands': Kosovo War massacre remembered

Kosovo

20 years after NATO bombing campaign, mixed sentiments in Kosovo

Kosovars remember air raids to remove Milosevic's forces as moment filled with both fear and spirit of liberation.

20 years after NATO bombing campaign, mixed sentiments in Kosovo

Arts & Culture

Vietnam's last public letter writer, 'a witness of Saigon'

Tourists flock to Saigon Central Post Office to meet Duong Van Ngo, who spent decades translating people's sentiments.

Vietnam's last public letter writer, 'a witness of Saigon'

Kosovo

'Memories still fresh': Villagers remember 1999 Racak massacre

Survivors and relatives remember the 45 people killed in an assault that led to NATO intervention.

'Memories still fresh': Villagers remember 1999 Racak massacre

Kosovo

Finally, a Kosovar woman leads Kosovo's National Ballet

At 28 years old, Teuta Krasniqi is the dancer behind 'No Walls', a performance about the isolation of her country.

Finally, a Kosovar woman leads Kosovo's National Ballet

US Elections 2016

Kosovar Hillari: 'I hope Hillary Clinton will win'

In Kosovo, where the Hillary boutique sells red and blue pantsuits, Kosovars explain why they are with Clinton.

Kosovar Hillari: 'I hope Hillary Clinton will win'

US Elections 2016

Kosovo shops celebrate Hillary Clinton and her style

As the US heads into Super Tuesday, the family-run "Hillary" boutiques are a symbol of Kosovar support for Clinton.

Kosovo shops celebrate Hillary Clinton and her style

Environment

Life near coal mines: Kosovo's dying villages

In Kosovo’s coal country, residents living in the polluting shadows of two power plants may soon contend with a third.

Life near coal mines: Kosovo's dying villages

Poverty & Development

Crisis on Nepal-India border as blockade continues

Three million Nepalese children under the age of five are at risk of death due to a shortage of fuel, food and medicine.

Crisis on Nepal-India border as blockade continues