After ten years of nonviolent activity in Albania, Operation Colomba is preparing to close its presence, following a process of reflection on the results achieved and on the improvement of the living conditions of the families followed.
Thanks to the processes of reworking and mediating conflicts, civilian stocks and activities with young people and women from families affected by the phenomenon, the lifestyle choices of these people have changed.
Some have made clear their desire to abandon revenge intentions, others have decided to leave behind painful experiences, still others have overcome fear and today face life with greater autonomy and serenity.
At the same time, the awareness and advocacy work, at national and international level, has contributed to promoting a culture based on respect for human rights and more concrete actions to combat the phenomenon, also from the institutional side.
Despite the closure, Colomb operationa does not conclude its commitment against the phenomenon of 'blood revenge'. Through theTrentino Association with the Balkans (ATB) , meetings and workshops will be held in the coming months with the Albanian institutions to disseminate a short operating manual containing the practices that have proven most effective in tackling this social scourge.
The monitoring of families by the missionaries of the Pope John XXIII Community will also continue, while the diffusion of the phenomenon will be the subject of attention and analysis through the collection of online data and the publication of information on our site and on our blog. 'Kundër Gjakmarrjes' .
It also continues the Kundër Gjakmarrjes campaign, which remains open on social networks, with an invitation to those who care about overcoming the phenomenon of 'blood revenge' to continue posting photos with the sticker Kundër Gjakmarrjes (campaign link ).
Any future activity will be aimed at contributing to a growing and ever greater autonomy of action by local authorities, to definitively eliminate the phenomenon. Operation Colomba greets Albania with the gratitude of those who have felt welcomed and well-liked, and with the desire to leave room for the many Albanian citizens who will want to commit themselves to fighting the 'blood revenge'.
Sara Ianovitz - Giulia Zurlini Panza