Nationality: Albanian!

Editorial / October 24, 2010

Ky postim ekziston gjithashtu në Vesionin Shqip

When a kid, the passport has been one of the things which used to arrest my attention. To me, it was very interesting every letter, filled out in this document by hand, where the personal data of my parents were printed. In fact, I said it wrong; when I was a kid, they were not called passports but identification documents. What used to surprise me was the nationality written on its plastic cover of cherry color. It was written “Albanian.” The same was written for the Albanian citizenship. What was the nation was something I had to learn much later, even much later than I learned it on the history book. It took many years for me to understand what distinguishes the nations from one another, their customs, traditions, views, ways of thinking and the character of every nation. This way, I realized what is the love for the motherland and soon I started not to consider as a weakness when people were touched by a gesture of nationalism. I got this sensation some days ago when I saw that the employees of a very popular social network had placed the national flag instead of their photos. It was emotional to feel Albanian so deeply. I and my colleagues have felt such emotions throughout October while we were preparing the November issue of the magazine. The first to convey such emotions was a real lady. She is Nevila Nika and she is director of the state central archive. By paraphrasing Apolineri, I would call her “a mobile encyclopedia.” The idea for preparing some new rubrics from the archive was completed by her with the sentence: “we have found the first Albanian passport; it is very interesting. And it was true. It was yellow and pale due to the passing of time and with the centurial traces of the fingers on it.
In order that this sensation could not stop, we got a bit down, in the history of painting: an article containing some truths which make the polishing of some other truths, those we know about those works of art. Albanian! This is the only word which comes into my mind when I dig in my character or in my friends’. We are people who believe (even for our bad luck) in people. A wise person in the post of the ambassador, had told me months ago that he had traveled a lot and often it was easy for him to learn the language of a country but very hard to understand the locals. May be it is a mistake to struggle for understanding someone who does not come from the same country though you say good morning to the same sun and good night to the same night. The aroma of Albania is something else, it is around you, flows into your veins on the basis of an ancient code. In the traces of this code, Thoma Avrami would address to Albania with the poetry “The love for motherland” (an article which should not be missed). That is the sensation which seizes you when you leave this country and when you are back to it. Going through such paths, you reveal a small secret. We all can go but not the land.
“The love for the land never goes with the wind,” once said the great Spanish poet, Miguel Hernandez…

Ky postim ekziston gjithashtu në Vesionin Shqip

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Irena Shabani
Is an Albanian freelance journalist and human rights activist specialising in investigative journalism. She co-founded Panorama, the leading newspaper in Albania, where she served as managing editor from 2002 to 2003. Prior to Panorama she was a journalist at Shekulli and Gazeta Shqiptare and has been part of the Albanian Human Rights Group from its beginning. She has collaborated on programmes for the International Research and Exchanges Board, investigating topics involving crime and political corruption and continues to collaborates with foreign organisations and local media focused on social problems and minority rights.

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October 24, 2010