The 47-year-old Albanian accused, in competition with others, of the murder of the 22-year-old young laborer, Hyso Telharaj, who came back to Italy yesterday, escorted by the International Police Cooperation Service of the Central Directorate of Criminal Police. in September 1999 in the Foggia countryside.
The name of Hyso has become a symbol of rebellion against the plague of the corporal, but also of redemption and rebirth, often remembered by theFree association who for the twentieth anniversary of his death, in September 2019, promoted three days of memory and commitment entitled "The sweet smile of Hyso Telharaj".
The story of Hyso Telharaj
Hyso Telharaj was 22 years old when he was killed by the caporalato in Puglia on September 8, 1989. He had left Albania. He started from Albania in which the fall of the dictatorship and the absence of state institutions leads people to run away, to try to rebuild their lives. So he also arrives in Puglia where he starts working on the tomato harvest between Cerignola and Borgo Incoronata.
Hyso wants to put money aside to enroll in school and study as a surveyor. But Hyso does not know that the life of the Apulian agricultural laborers is marked by strict rules, that one cannot escape a control system such as the caporalato, who is not free to choose for himself.
He finds himself trapped in that criminal system that almost decides about the life and death of earth workers. Poor pay, working conditions on the verge of slavery and, above all, the obligation to repay part of one's pay to the "caporali", people whose faces often do not even know.
Hyso is not there. He dreams of a better future than Albania has been unable to give him. He needs the money, he earned it by sweating and he doesn't have to pay the bribe. He rebels, not knowing that, in doing so, it constitutes a sort of precedent that can also induce other workers to rebel. The 'no' to the corporals will be his death sentence.
The 5 September 1999, when it has been in Italy for a few months, someone warns him that they are coming to look for him. He crushed someone's feet, as they say. They suggest he run away, to save himself, but he doesn't. They find it and the beating starts. Three days of agony in the hospital and then the September 8 dies.
In Italy nobody will talk about it anymore, not even within his family. Until Ajada, a girl of Albanian origin, in Italy from the age of 11, participates in a field of "E! State Liberi". He becomes aware of the history of Hyso and decides to trace the family, make them know the sad story of Hyso but also make them part of the living memory that the young people of the Free Association transmit daily with their stories. And he manages to give Hyso Telharaj a face.
A path of memory and commitment that starts from the commitment of groups and coordinations named after him. A path aimed at not letting the memory of brave people die, who with their lives have paid the audacity to rebel against wrong systems, harmful to human dignity. One of these brave men was Hyso.
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