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Abas Kupi (1901-1976) Linden 444

Abas Kupi was an Albanian resistance leader during World War II. In 1939, when Mussolini invaded Albania, Mr. Kupi organized and commanded a resistance regiment. In 1942, when the National Liberation Movement was founded, he became one of its leaders, but at the end of 1943 broke with it and headed a royalist legitimist movement calling for the return of King Zog. He chose the name Legaliteti to denote legitimacy and recall the ‘Triumph of Legality’ of 1924. This was the Zogist resistance, launched at the Congress of Herri on November 23rd. Its manifesto promised not only democratic monarchy but also land reform, social insurance, and the retention of ‘Ethnic Albania’ (with Kosovo and Chameria).

He left Albania in 1944. In 1948, he was founder of the Committee for a Free Albania in Paris, which opposed the Communist domination. He came to the United States in 1967. He lived in Freeport, Long Island and died at the age of 75 in January of 1976. His wife Hava, and eight children survived him.


In honour of this Freedom Fighter,

ABAS KUPI, who is Watching from the Sky,

“DON’T Bring Home WAR …

Hiding the VIOLENCE?”

Albanian Women



Amnesty International reports:

” â?¦. It’s normalâ?¦ women in our country are beaten by their husbands â?¦ your husband comes home in a bad mood and he beats you.”


A witness at the trial of a man whose wife was driven to suicide by domestic violence.

Amnesty International has urged the Albanian authorities to take further measures to protect women from domestic violence by fully implementing a 2007 law.

The report, Ending domestic violence in Albania: The next steps, welcomes the progress that has been made since the introduction of the law but also calls for full criminalization of the offence to ensure it is treated in the same way as other violent assaults.

WHY bring back the WAR … into Our HOMES?

In honour of the labours of ABAS KUPI


in ALBANIA !!!!

Far more women now have the confidence to report domestic violence to the authorities, and hundreds of women have applied for protection orders, introduced under the new law,” said Sian Jones, Amnesty International’s expert on Albania.


“However, the authorities need to take further

concrete measures to

ensure the effective implementation of the law.”

Around one in three Albanian women are victims of domestic violence, however, many incidents remain unreported because of fear and prejudice. Discussion of the issue remains taboo, especially in rural areas.

In August 2009, Luli sought police protection after her husband threw her with their baby out of their home in the town of Durres. Her husband often beat her when drunk during their three-year marriage. Her mother refused to take her home and Luli spent three days in a hospital before she was found a shelter in another town.

Women should denounce violence. They should not live with it for so long; they should not let anyone devalue them,” 26-year-old Luli told Amnesty International“.


Since the introduction of the Domestic Violence Law on 1 June 2007, there has been a significant increase in reported incidents of domestic violence. In 2007, the Albanian police reportedly received 274 reports of domestic violence. Between January and September 2009, some 993 such cases were reported.


More than a thousand women across Albania are “crossing their arms” and have applied to the courts for protection orders against violent partners.

Many women, though, have subsequently withdrawn their petitions following pressure from the perpetrator or the family; because of their economic dependence on the perpetrator; or their lack of trust in the ability of police to

Amnesty International has called on the authorities to improve procedures and increase resources to ensure that police, prosecutors and the judiciary ensure the effective enforcement of protection orders.

The police are insufficiently resourced and not always trained to enforce protection orders. Judges are often reluctant to order the eviction of an abusive partner from the family home. The scarcity of housing, employment and low incomes mean that whoever leaves the house will often find themselves homeless.

Victims of domestic violence are let down by the authorities. Because of lack of coordinated action by the authorities, very often they cannot find refuge in shelters or get appropriate medical treatment, social welfare services and adequate housing,” Sian Jones said.

Furthermore, the authorities must address the discrimination girls and women face in

education and employment which deprives them of economic independence.”

…AND that’s another Story for another time…


Remember when….

the Love Began and Never, Never Forget!


Mother Theresa, the heart of Albania ….”By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As by my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.” Small of stature, rocklike in faith, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was entrusted with the mission of proclaiming Gods thirsting love for humanity, especially for the poorest of the poor. ‘God still loves the world and He sends you and me to be His love and His compassion to the poor.” She was a soul filled with the light of Christ, on fire with love for Him and burning with one desire: “to quench His thirst for love and for souls.”

This luminous messenger of God’s love was born on 26 August 1910 in Shkup, a city situated at the crossroads of the Albanian Land in Balkans. The youngest of the children born to Nikollë and Drane Bojaxhiu, she was baptised Gonxha Agnes, received her First Communion at the age of five and a half and was confirmed in Nov ember 1916. Her father’s sudden “death” murdered (the cause of his elimination is still a secret, but his relatives and the doctor were convinced that the Serbian criminals had poisoned him) when Gonxha was about eight years old Ieft the family in financial straits. Drane raised her children firmly and Iovingly, greatly influencing her daughter’s character and vocation. Gonxha’s religious formation developed further through her extensive involvement in the vibrant Jesuit parish of the Sacred Heart.


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