Blutrache als Export Gut auch nach Amerika
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Blutrache als Export Gut auch nach Amerika
Die Albaner exportieren bis nach Amerika ihre arachische Blutrache.
Allein 1.500 Kinder leben deshalb in "Tullas" in Nord Albanien, wo sie vor der Blutrache geschützt sind.
Kosovan vendetta reforms fail to heal old wounds
By Christian Jennings in Djakove (Filed: 29/04/2005)
A centuries-old code of honour may have been revised of late to reduce the number of Kosovans and Albanians slaughtered in vendettas but such reforms are unlikely to deter women such as Teuta Ibrahimaj from seeking revenge. The 37-year-old Kosovo Albanian and her family are currently involved in blood feuds with two different clans and she swears that sooner or later she will uphold her family's honour. Her brothers are both away - one is serving a sentence for murder in the United States. In accordance with traditional Albanian law she has therefore assumed the role of male head of the family, cutting her hair, renouncing marriage, dressing as a man and carrying a gun. "I'm ready to die if necessary, but I promise to my mother and God that I will take revenge," she vowed in her flat outside the western Kosovo town of Djakove. Ms Ibrahimaj's brother murdered a Bosnian man in America in 1995. So now the dead man's family is obliged to take revenge on hers. Three of her uncles and an aunt were also killed by Albanians from a neighbouring Kosovo village, obliging Ms Ibrahimaj to do her best to kill the menfolk of that clan too. At the same time one of her brothers in America has threatened to kill her, her three sisters and their mother if they ever bring shame on the family back in Kosovo. The atmosphere at home is, not surprisingly, somewhat tense, a result both of the family's wars on different fronts and the complex rules, rituals and reality governing blood feuds, laid down in the 15th century by an Albanian called Leke Dukagjin. The ''Kanun of Leke Dukagjin'', or ''Code of Lek'', demands blood for blood and an eye for an eye but also lays down the law on everything from land tenure to beekeeping. The role of women is also covered but the Kanun's sympathies lie clearly with the male sex. "A woman is known as a sack, made to endure," it announces on page 38. To reduce the number of men killed in blood feuds, 5,000 people met this month at a clan gathering and decided that, with murder, only the actual killer, not his extended family, should be targeted for revenge. Gjelosh Palaj, an Albanian man who lost three children in revenge attacks last year, said that "the new code clearly states that no one but the murderer should pay for the crime". One recent estimate reported that 650 families in Albania and Kosovo had been forced to go undergound because of outstanding vendettas. Under the old traditions of the Kanun, all male members of a family with the same name as the murderer are targets of a vendetta. The killer's family was also obliged to shelter him. The new code insists that a murderer should not be helped to hide and that the children of families that harbour murderers will not be allowed to marry into other families. But Ms Ibrahimaj and her female relatives are still determined to avenge the 1982 killings by a family from a nearby village. ''I will kill all of that family, even the little babies in their cribs," said Ms Ibrahimaj's 64-year-old mother, Jehona. "My children are blocked by shame until we do." When Ms Ibrahimaj's younger brother, Driton, got into a fight in a Manhattan restaurant in 1995 with five Bosnian Serbs who had been ogling his wife, things went from bad to worse. He took on all five, cutting the throat of one man with a knife seized from the restaurant kitchen, and stabbing the other men 17 times. He now serving a prison sentence in New York. Ms Ibrahimaj fully expects the Bosnian man's family to come looking for her in Kosovo. As for marriage and a normal life, she's given up on that. "Even if [Bill] Clinton asked me to marry him, I'd refuse," she said.
C Copyright of Telegraph Group Limited 2005
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