On February, Albanian police has done several discoveries related to an inquiry about a “blood feud” case begun in 2016. The conflict burst in Elbasan between two clan. It causes 5 casualties and 7 injured. The inquiry results are not public yet, but it seems that one of the first murderers has been identified. The hope is that this news can be the starting point to discover other acts on revenge.
Moreover, at the beginning of February, in Kossovo, an Albanian man invested three people with his car. One of those people died. During the funeral, his family decided to forgive the driver, in order to avoid an escalation of violence. The event represents how traditional habits can still be used to stop the feuds circles.
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Visiting families in conflict everyday gives us an idea of the importance of our work. Not only to mediate conflicts, but also for other reasons. For instance, in case of domestic violence. With the consensus of the wife, we managed to arrange psychological meeting with a psychologist to support her in her daily troubles.
Moreover, our proximity to the people allows us to intervene in cases of difficulties. Like in the case of two families that are facing a hard healthcare situation. During the month of February we accompanied them several times to the hospital. Further more we backed them in the bureaucratic procedure requested to obtain an economical support by the state. During one of the accompaniment the two mums met and had the chance to share their difficulties related both to the feud situation and to the healthcare one. Empathy was the result.
Empathy can also emerge from sport. Thus we organized a football match between the guys of our youth group and the guys of rehabilitation centre of the Community Pope John XXIII.
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We have been contacted by a Justice Ministry representative. The Ministry is trying to shed light about the “blood feud” phenomenon in order to deliver documents testifying families’ feud situation. We have noticed that there is some interest about the topic. This is the reason why we think it could be the right moment to make again pressure on the parliament in order to implement the law of 2005 about the creation of a Coordination Committee against the “blood feud” phenomenon.
Operazione Colomba presented the book “Forgiveness is a great benefit” by Father Gianfranco Testa. It has been an important opportunity to give a meaning to the forgiveness and reconciliation, altogether against the phenomenon of blood feuds. (more…)
Two nights ago, in the village of Korotiza of Drenas, a car with Albanian plate hit three pedestrians. As a result, one of them, identified as Bujar Bullaku of Drenas, lost his life. Yesterday Bullaku family has accompanied the son in the final journey, and during the funeral service of the deceased Bullaku family has made a very valuable gesture. They forgave the murder of the family’s boy by the author of the accident, whom it has learnt to be from Tropoja. (more…)
The Albanian law n. 9389 provides for the establishment and functioning of the Coordination Council in combating blood feud. This law was issued in 2005 but it has not been implemented yet. The International Organizations, the Albanian Ombudsman and some associations concentrate their efforts on the implementation of this law.
Operazione Colomba appreciates the European Parliament’s Report on the Albania’s progress for the European Union’s membership on 3rd February 2017.
Specifically, it shares criticism on the functioning of the judiciary “including lack of independence from political influence and other branches of power, selective justice, limited accountability, ineffective oversight mechanisms, corruption, and the overall length of judicial proceedings and enforcement”. Frontier justice, and consequently the blood feud phenomenon, rise again where State justice is not effective.
Furthermore Operazione Colomba joins the recommendations towards State institutions, in order to realize a reform of the criminal justice system, aiming at “holding offenders accountable and promoting their rehabilitation and reintegration, while ensuring protection of the rights of victims and witnesses of crime”.