On 10th December 2018, Operazione Colomba, the Nonviolent Peace Corps of the Association Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII, launches the “Kundër Gjakmarrjes” campaign to raise awareness of civil society on the eradication of the blood feuds phenomenon. Do you know that social pressure is able to push a whole family, involved in a feud, to take revenge? If relatives, neighbors, classmates, work colleagues, friends tell you that you are not a man, if you do not avenge, it is hard to resist the pressure, for fear of losing respect of the society. Blood feuds entails injuries, murders, self-isolation, it takes lives, school, health and work away from men, women and children. Once started, it triggers cycles of endless violence, destroying the future of many families. And it can strike everyone: you too!
What can you do?
Help us to say Goodbye to blood feuds!
Download and hang this sticker on your car, on your bike, on your scooter, outside your home or your business, on your school bag or notebook, and share this initiative on your social networks.
With this action, you will help us create a culture of Peace so those involved in a conflict renounce to resort to violence and take revenge. (more…)
Unfortunately in October some cases of violence led to the wounding and to the death of some people. A former head of a village from Burrel area shot other men after a fight in a bar, killing two municipal workers and a third man in the club. The family of the culprit said they felt great shame for this gesture and moved away from the village where they lived for fear of vendetta.
At the end of the month, in the suburbs of Tirana, a man tried to avenge the murder of his two brothers, which took place in 2014. According to the Police, the offender hit the brother of his brothers’ murderer and is now a fugitive. This act of private justice involved, therefore, an innocent and was carried out, despite the murderer being sentenced to life imprisonment for the double murder of 2014.
This month, a case similar to the latter was recorded, which ended with the arrest of a fugitive. According to sources, in 2014 the fugitive had tried to avenge the death of his brother, killed in 2011 in the mountain area of Dukagjin. (more…)
September started with tragic news: a 15-year-old boy stabbed and killed a 14-year-old boy, due to a quarrel occurred during a football match. The newspapers reported that the young murderer’s father pushed his son to commit this crime, saying: “If you don’t do it, you’re not a man’s man!”. Furthermore, on 6th September a man has been killed for hakmarrja reasons. In 2012, the victim injured another person, so the murder was committed as a form of retaliation for the damage previously caused. Moreover, the victim had just been repatriated from abroad, where he applied for asylum because he feared vendetta, but his application had been refused. As in April, we issued a statement and sent it to local and international institutions in Albania, with the hope that appropriate measures will be taken in order to ensure the effective protection of those involved in the blood feud phenomenon. Finally, during this month, we recorded several cases of injuries and murders related to property disputes. (more…)
In August, the Albanian press reported on numerous conflicts, unfortunately including some homicides. On the 10th of August, a man was killed in Shkoder for reasons that are still unclear but that, according to the police, could be connected to a blood feud that has already caused the death of four other people. Few days later, on the 14th of August, the police arrested a 39 years old fugitive who had killed two people in 1999 in a blood feud. Media monitoring allows the constant collection of information related to human rights violations caused by the practice of the blood feuds. (more…)
Operazione Colomba, Nonviolent Peace Corps of the Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII, learns from Albanian media sources about Indrit Pepa’s homicide, 27 years old killed on 6th September 2018 in Mamurras, in the prefecture of Kurbin, to revenge the wounding of Azis Markola, committed by Pepa in 2013. Agron Markola, Azis Markola’s brother, is wanted for Indrit Pepa’s murder.
Since 2013, following the attempted murder against Azis Markola, which ended with the latter’s legs injury, Indrit Pepa’s family lived self-isolated for fear of blood feud. Moreover, in 2015 Indrit Pepa went to Germany as asylum seeker, declaring that in Albania he was in danger of life. According to Albanian sources, “after a year and a half the victim would have been repatriated”. In fact, for German State, Albania is a safe country.
Last April, following Mario Majollari’s murder in Tirana, Operazione Colomba denounced the lack of protection to people and families in blood feud. After Indrit Pepa’s murder, Operazione Colomba renews its concern over the failure to adopt national and international measures to protect and guarantee the right to life of those involved in the blood feud phenomenon..
Operazione Colomba renews its appeal to State institutions to commit themselves to acting to eliminate the phenomenon and to protect its victims.