It was donated by a rape victim from Kosovo's war of independence to hang Friday along some 5,000 skirts and dresses stretched on clotheslines across a football pitch in Kosovo's capital Pristina.
The display is an art installation that seeks to heighten awareness of the plight of war rape victims and help many of them break the silence they kept for over 15 years since the end of Kosovo's 1998-99 war. The dresses were donated in response to a call by Alketa Xhafa-Mripa, a Kosovo-born British artist whose work often deals with sexual violence.
Thousands of women were raped during Kosovo's war with Serbia, the overwhelming majority of them ethnic Albanian. Exact figures are not recorded as the issue is often suppressed in Kosovo's patriarchal society.
Many of the dresses were donated by rape victims themselves. Some were brought by the victims' husbands, brothers and sons."
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