Sisters of the Blood Feud: Revenge Killings in Albania - Witness

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Sisters of the Blood Feud: Revenge Killings in Albania

Three years ago Beta's brother killed another boy in her village in northern Albania, triggering a blood vendetta against her family.

While her brother was sent to prison by the Albanian courts, the threat of revenge against the family remains due to widespread adherence to a 15th century code known as the "Kanun". This alternative justice system maintains that killing must be avenged in order to restore family honour.

After the incident, Beta's father fled to London where he hopes to get asylum, leaving Beta and her sister confined to the family home for their own protection.

Beta is growing increasingly frustrated by her confinement, which has also prevented her from going to school. The only hope now is that her father will be granted asylum and she and her sister can escape their self-imposed prison sentence.

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Witness, Albania, Al Jazeera
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