Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Aggression in Albania IV: Vlora…

Part IV of the touching and disquieting essay on aggression in Albania 1997, written by an anonymous 17-year old. The thesis of the essay is that ‘Everybody who is exposed to political violence, is psychologically traumatized’.

It was a normal day among fighting of nobody and everybody. I was at my uncle’s with my mum. We were watching the news when all of a sudden black news appeared. A ship was sunk near the coasts of Italy, close to Brindisi. The ship was carrying Albanian emigrants that wanted to escape this war and secure their families somewhere else. 84 people were sunk with the ship, women, children, elders and men. It was horrible. 84 people try to escape hell, and they struggle in the middle of the Adriatic Sea in order to find the last resort: DEATH. This is caused willingly by the Italian coast guards in order to warn other possible emigrants not to surpass the Adriatic waters. It was horrible. But what could you expect from the others, when we were killing each-other??? I remember crying and fearing for my future and the future of my family. No one was safe.

This is still remembered as the Otranto Tragedy.

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