For the first time since the end of World War II, Albania is in national mourning on the 28 and 29 November holidays.
Just as it was yesterday for the "Flag Day", also today, 107th anniversary of Albanian independence and 75th anniversary of the liberation of the country from Nazi-fascist troops, there were no celebrations due to the earthquake of the 26 November.
The same earthquake, on the other hand, has generated an incredible solidarity with those affected by the earthquake: Italy, Kosovo, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Greece are just some of the countries that immediately mobilized to offer help material and financial assistance to Albania. A solidarity that is - albeit in a very small part - heartening the pain of the survivors and relatives of the victims of the earthquake.
Beyond all expectations
In the extraordinary meeting of the Albanian government on Friday 29 November the figures of donations and financial contributions arrived for the citizens hit by the earthquake were made public.
It was Prime Minister Edi Rama who communicated the figures of the financial contributions arrived these days for the earthquake victims, underlining how other donations were "blocked" yesterday and today due to the closure of the banks (the 28 and the November 29 are days of national holiday in Albania).
"Banking transactions have led to a sum of 5 million and a million and a half dollars respectively. Then there are the donations. The two well-known Albanian investors, Behgjet Pacolli and Shefqet Kastrati, have donated a total of 2,5 million euros.
Bankers Petrolium donated 1 million euros, 4,5 million dollars volunteer associations have arrived through online donations. Other 2,5 million euros were collected through GoFundMe from 76 countries around the world. The citizens of Kosovo have contributions with 500.000 euros, with 600.000 euros those of Austria and 100.000 euros those from Northern Macedonia. "- reported today Edi Rama ..
Furthermore, Kosovo is also contributing with trucks and other heavy vehicles that are carrying primary aid such as food, medicine and clothing. The leader of the Vetëvendosje party, which remained in Durres in these days, called "national duty" the help and support for the citizens hit by the earthquake.
Donation campaign launched by the Albanian State
Strong earthquakes are hitting Albania these days, putting a strain on an entire nation that needs support. If you want to give your contribution, the Albanian State invites everyone to donate on: https://e-albania.al/donate/
The Association of Albanian Banks announces that in full solidarity with the situation created by the November 26 earthquake and in support of all those who wish to contribute with donations, assistance or contributions in favor of the victims, in full collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and economy and the Bank of Albania, announces that any type of transaction, whether in cash or in transfer, in lek or in foreign currency, in favor of open accounts for "Voluntary contributions, emergency" is carried out without commissions. Banks operating in Albania do not charge any commission.