Albania - The End of an Era
The sons of Amathj Mehmed, killed in a blood feud with a photograph of their father on his wedding day. They are in a feud with the familly of Murat Balia, who was killed in the same conflict.
The Kanun (code of behavior going back hundreds of years) included an elaborate legal code trying to regulate blood feud (gjakmarrya) – a system of reciprocal ”honour killings”. According to the Code, if a man is deeply affronted, his family has the right to kill the person who has insulted him. However, by doing this, the family will become a target for revenge on the part of the victim’s
family. The victim’s closest male relative is obliged to kill the murderer of his family member. The pattern of reprisal killings thus formed has been passed on for generations of families and has been manifested up to the present day in Albania “Blood is never lost”, states the Kanun