The Rai program "Across the river and in the trees" dedicated an episode to Bari and Durres, the two cities that symbolized the great Albanian emigration to Italy in the early 90s.
In the summer of '91, twenty thousand Albanians fleeing from Durres to freedom landed in the port of Bari, changing the history of the two cities forever. Since then, while Bari has transformed its image from a city of passage to an architectural pearl, Durres is still looking for a role in the future Albania.
For about 50 years history has cut the thread that for thousands of years has united Bari and Durres. Here the Adriatic is slightly wider than a lake but, in the years when the Albanian dictatorship had closed the country of the Eagles in an isolation out of time, it was impossible to cross it until August 1991, 20.000 when for the first time after years a ship with XNUMX people on board suddenly arrived in the port of Bari forever changing the history of the two cities.
La Vlora ship he arrived in Bari at seven in the morning on August XNUMX, when the cargo arrived at the mouth of the port from Rome the order to prevent docking arrived. The people on board began to dive to swim to the dock. Eventually, after dramatic hours, the ship touched Italian soil.
It was the first time in years that a ship was returning to connect Bari and Durres, but it was also the first time that Italy had to face something like this. Nobody was ready for what was going to happen. On the other, the order came to send them all back without specifying how and when.
In the summer of 1991 the mayor of Bari is Enrico Dalfino. Dalfino decided that these people could not remain stuck there, in the sun, without water and food. He had them transferred to the old stadium with the city buses. The words with which he defined that event, today have become a monument thanks to the artist Jasmine Pignatelli.
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