Before I went to Albania, all I could find about it is that Albania was a communist country with poor infrastructure and bunkers.Oh, and let’s not forget the criminal picture that follows Albanian people in movies. Even the antagonists in the movie “Taken”, were Albanians. Just like other Balkan countries, Albania is home to some of the most impressive natural wonders and environments in the world. But the best thing this country offers to people coming from the west is their Albanian women. Today these sworn virgins live on, but their numbers have dwindled. What happens when the society that created you no longer needs you? They were color portraits, shot recently, seemingly of old men who’d lived a little.At least that’s what the evidence suggested: They were dressed as old men, and the camera seemed to regard them as old men, if from another time, like the ’40s or ’50s.As advertising revenues are falling fast, we depend on subscription revenues to support our journalism.
EUobserver is an independent, not-for-profit news organization that publishes daily news reports, analysis, and investigations from Brussels and the EU member states.People in villages are very, very traditional and they have some weird rules. I even heard about “Gjakmarrja” which refers to the social obligation to kill in order to revenge someone in your family who is killed or even morally humiliated.In the past, the father of the husband who died in the war had the right to take the wife. Another difference with Albanians is when I compared the Albanians in Albania and in Macedonia (FYROM) or southern Serbian province (partly recognized as a state itself) “Kosovo and Metochia”.In its Albania 2008 Progress Report, the Commission of the European Communities said that domestic violence was “significant and increasing” due to lack of enforcement.The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights reported that domestic violence was under-reported, -investigated, -prosecuted and -sentenced.