I love Albania…

Recently we were having the big days for Albania Independence and Liberation days, in 28th and 29th of November. This year the independence day had much more meaning because of the 100th Anniversary of Independence. Historically independence day, November 28, Turkish rule of Albania was ended with the Balkan War, after which a proclamation of independence was made on November 28, 1912.

Liberation Day, November 29, on this day in 1944 at the end of the World War II, liberation from German and Italian troops was proclaimed. Albania declared independence from the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago, on November 28, 2012 and the government has promised to celebrate it with gusto.

One of the declarations that our prime minister declared was: A mass of 1000 lambs to be slaughtered for the big celebration. After hearing this in news and everywhere in our coffee places, I got inspired to protest with my pencil at least… Here comes in article which I wrote during those days of the celebrations:

I Love Albania…

Has been several days that everyone is promoting patriotism and nationalism in the honor of the Independence of my Albania, of this piece of land which makes me feels her belonging and the stranger one in the same time

Has been several days that is been talking for our prime minister declaration (which hurts me deeply). “I declare that 1000 lambs will be slaughtered for 100 Anniversary of Independence day of Albania”

The question which I raise in this case is very simple: “How can it be possible that celebration of this historical day to be celebrated with the sacrilege of 1000 lambs?”

I have started to doubt on my human capacity to understand the political one. I have been looking for a meaning in this manifestation… and I feel sad to accept my explanation: “it’s a pure, painful joke with the poverty of our nation”. Most of us took is a funny thing, in an Albanian way as we are used to take the things. It´s a fun that kills a lot in this case, people and animals. I want to leave behind the animal rights for the moment because I don’t want to be the stranger one now, but I want to raise my voice for human rights for the moment, I ask that noone make fun with the poverty of humanity and especially of my country. In this case it is not that our society is being manipulated, but there is going to be killing which will be a massive pain. Through a simple thinking we can understand that our future is becoming more and more fragile.

How can someone understand this manipulation while the hunger and the poverty has covered his body and spirit? I love Albania without hunger, without beggars on the streets, without mercy…

Are we celebrating 100 years of Independence or 100 years of poverty?

I love Albania independent from poverty…

Stöd Kvinna till Kvinna! Vi stärker kvinnor i krig och konflikter för att kvinnors makt och inflytande ska öka. Ditt stöd är nödvändigt för att vi ska kunna fortsätta göra det.

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