Peace cannot be brought by anyone

(Thoughts abort the book with publicistic writings “Personalities – Missionaries of Peace” of the author Paulin Rranzi)

A society, a political class or expressed more specifically, people of any layer, a nation, if they live in their country in peace, make them more noble, more human, more solidary and visionary, and above all, happier. Thus, a distinguished personality, Benedict Spinoza, said: “Peace is not the absence of war, but it is virtue, a certain mental condition, a tendency for good will, confidence, and justice.” In this sense I think that such publicist books like “Personalities – Missionaries of Peace” of Paulin Rranzi, not only are very important for the health and renewal of Albanian society and politics and should be published more, because they unfold the meaningful message that peace in a country can’t be brought by anyone, but are personalities that came out by people of this country that with their name and valuable contribution in certain fields of life create wide spaces for peace, tolerance and understanding. Thanks to a dedicated work in the summary with writings in portrait form, the author has illuminated different sides of the character of 10 Albanian personalities, who are distinguished for their valuable contribution in certain fields of social and political life in Albania and beyond. All the writings are traversed by another interesting message: ardent love for Chameria and Kosovo, which won its independence, but with war against the Serbs, in which as it is known, NATO gave an extraordinary help, because the Serbs exerted an unprecedented genocide against the Albanian population. While the missionaries of peace want the independence of Chameria to come true thanks to dialogue, understanding and tolerance, so, in a word, thanks to peace between parties. The author of the book to structure his work and to gather an abundant material has used, as to say, “up to the core” as main source the outstanding impressions of the tireless writer and journalist of Cham origin, Shefki Hysa, who has known all the personalities of the book and had friendship with them. Thanks to this material, that relates to the overall and diverse life and activity of personalities missionaries of peace, which he has drawn its portraits with mastery and publicistic pathos, the author from this material has managed to gather many situations, expressive details and tenuity. These artistic tools on one hand arouse the interest and curiosity of the reader and on the other hand deepen and make more prominent the lines of the portraits of missionaries of peace. In the writing “Man in love with peace”, dedicated to the former president of Kosovo, deceased Ibrahim Rugova, the reader will be known not only with an intriguing situation, with endless efforts, wisdom, agility of the journalist Shefki Hysa to interview the Gandhi of the Balkans in the summer of 1991, but also with their warm political conversation, from which are revealed the viewpoints of Rugova for Kosovo’s independence, his noble and peace-loving spirit, simplicity, modesty as he reached to make friend the Cham journalist and then introduce him with a rare diplomat of that time, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Even in the writing “The dissident that commiserated the political opponents”, dedicated to the deceased Pjetër Arbnori, or as he was called by all, Mandela of the Balkans, is noticed that the vital material that the author used to give form to the figure of this remarkable personality is the result of impressions and memories of the known writer and journalist from Chameria, Shefki Hysa. When the deceased Arbnori became Chairman of Assembly he had close relations with Shefki, who at that time worked at the administration of the assembly. They became friends and collaborated at the field of edition. Thanks to this collaboration, Pjetër Arbnori published some books, which were welcomed by the readers. Meanwhile with his help were brought in homeland the bones of the great Cham writer, Bilal Xhaferri.
In the book, the figure of Arbnori is drawn with love as the figure of a man, artist, with rich spiritual love, noble, approachable and communicative with simple people, debonair, funny and benevolent. But let us leave the word to the author by detaching a short passage from the book that the reader to understand better who was Peter Arbnori: “The writer Pjetër Arbnori felt delighted as a naïve child in front of the book. Burnished it with hands and fell in tears. It was his first edition and he was not very young, but 57 years old. Understandably, he would feel excited by all those things he had passed in his life. He was as human in that behavior, as with that longing ignored even his position as a senior politician. He could have been serious with a bureaucratic mask in his face, but not. He was man. He was a great man.”
After these two very impressive articles in the book follows two other stories that portray two deputies of the Albanian Parliament of Cham origin. The first writing speaks about the deputy Shpëtim Idriz, who just to lobby about the Cham issue is secedes from the group of socialist deputies, that’s why the author entitles this writing “Leader of Chameria- dream and reality”. The figure of this politician is given with the most substantially qualities and virtues as a man that does a lot for his homeland, visionary for its future, persistent and dedicated to the solution of this big issue till in the highest international instances. In the second writing, in the center of the publicistic optics of the author is the other deputy of the assembly, Sir Tahir Muhedini. His motto is transformed in the title of this writing “Our Will – Chameria”. Even the figure of this deputy is given in the book with the characteristic features of patriot, of good and peaceful man, that upon the interests of the homeland doesn’t put anything else. The author doesn’t forget to mention that deputy Muhedini comes from a Cham family massacred by Greek bandits, tells about the tumultuous life of this family when she settles in Albania, so for the sake of Chameria will, both deputies merge both of their parties in a single one, to lobby and try together that the issue of their native country to be resolved as soon as possible.
In the writing “Literature and Man” the author of the book draws the artistic portrait of a personality of Albanian letters, Hysen Sinani, describes trips to Greece in immigration of this man with rich and peaceful spiritual world, although suffered and autodidact, then he submitted the creativity of sir Sinani a quick literary analysis starting from his first novel “George”, that saw the light of publication before the arrival of democracy and pointed out some ideological problems for that time until to numerous translations of this author from different languages, which, however, have in the center the message of peace. With special respect is written in the book for an interesting figure of Cham origin, for Ibrahim Daut Hoxha, for his patriotism related with Chameria and for the unique contribution of this personality in many areas for his hometown. We can say that the writing is a complete biography of this man less known to the reader of today, but with many deeds to his beloved Chameria, starting from the exaltation of brightest figures of Chameria, making poetry for it, until to historic works related with this Albanian territory and the collection of the rich folklore of this territory. He has written a number of works for these issues, which with no doubt will remain in the archives of various works dedicated to Chameria.
Another side of the life of Ibrahim Daut Hoxha is given by the author with historical truth, understandably helped by his close friend, writer and journalist Shefki Hysa, related with numerous difficulties and barriers that Ibrahim was forced to overcome and that the class struggle revealed in front of him. But, that rigid fighter was brave, courageous, enough smart and visionary, therefore he knew to face and threw them away.
At the writing “The art of symbolism of peace” speaks about the life and activity of a Cham known sculptor, Idriz Balani, who lives and continues to create in Durres. The uniqueness of this sculptor and the art that he elicit from his hands is that his works always transmit messages of peace, kindness and tolerance. As we are talking about this, even I that am writing these lines am a friend of Idriz and together we have been on a visit to Kosovo. It’s true what the book tells that Idriz doesn’t detach the love for Chameria from the love for Kosovo. I have seen this with my own eyes and moreover this is proved by many sculptural works that he has created in Kosovo along the works for Chameria, the portrait of her famous son, Bilal Xhaferri etc. Thus, “an intellectual like Idriz Balani knows not only to create, but also to well manage his art, as a unique value in the service of civilization. He knows well that the symbolic of art is expression of peaceful world of the artist and to know to administer an artistic world, means to be, personality – missionary of peace.”
While reading the writing summarized in the book “Poet sacrificed for Chameria”, dedicated to a real artist, to the poet Namik Mane, you don’t have how to not feel emotions interweave with a deep pain for this simple man, this patriot of the highest scale, heart of compassion and with a rare spiritual world, who, as an progeny of a very well known family in Chameria, his heart couldn’t have been pit from where to stemmed love and pain for the evil fate of what the poet calls: “Chameria, Chameria/Pergola with my tear.” The verses of Namik Mane derive precisely from this heart-shaft, because he can’t understand himself without his homeland, for which, the poet says: My chest burns of so many years/From a longing that has no dimensions/And may the oceans be dried/Don’t fit my longing/Only you can keep it inside/In thy chest, Chameria!”
The author of the book unfolds with sever and harsh colors the tableau of life of this man with noble and peaceful spirit, the sufferings and hardships that his family and he suffered from the communist persecution. It is needless to add that his life if we speak of a figurative parallelism closely resembles the fate of his homeland. Being close friend of the legend of Chameria, to the poet Bilal Xhaferri, Namik Mane in the most difficult moments recalls his unforgettable friend, as he recalls his other friends, who stayed close and always helped him. After Bilal, he is the poet who has sacrificed more for homeland and his beloved hometown Chameria, so its contribution will remain unforgettable. In the book is also included a writing entitled “Message of light and peace”, which talks about the creativity and the messages it radiates, of the writer and researcher Sazan Goliku, nickname of the famous Albanian author Pandeli Koçi. Through a detailed and serious analysis by professional side, the author highlights the characteristic features of the poetry of this creator, which is distinguished for its conciseness, diverse thematic it conveys, for the curve of the verse and above all for human and noble ideas that are brought forth in it. A special place in the writing is dedicated to the hard work of Sazan Goliku for the study of literature that publishes in Kosovo, whether for adult or children. Furthermore, Sazan Goliku in this direction remains the initiator of the study of this literature with an abundant, diverse and enviable production. The book is closed with the writing “Writer and origin” where is unfolded the panorama of life and wide and manifold activity of one of the most prominent missionaries of peace, well-known writer and publicist of Cham origin Shefki Hysa. This writing compressed with facts and arguments leaves a scar for the hard and dedicated work that this personality has completed with devotion and dedication for the benefit of Cham issue. After is described the troubled life of Shefki and his family, class persecution and continued efforts of this young man with strong character to be formed each day as an intellectual and personality, the writing later passed on some features of his abundant creativity and in many areas until to numerous translations and edits. Thanks to acquaintances and numerous friends, Shefki thanks to his perseverance accomplishes some very important activities for the Cham issue as bringing the bones of the great poet Bilal Xhaferri in homeland, continuation of the publication of the magazine “Eagle’s wing”, the direction of the Cultural association “Bilal Xhaferri” etc. An innovation was the creation of the international organization “Diplomatic Mission Peace And Prosperity”, conceived as a mission of peace, which lobbies for peace and prosperity in the Balkans and worldwide, according to the best model that offers American democracy for countries in development. Look what is further said in the book for this personality: “It was this new venture, which would focus more the writer Shefki Hysa in the work of tirelessly missionary for Peace and Prosperity. As a missionary of peace, he began to create many new connections with the intellectual world, inside and outside Albania. Thanks to the continuous and full of successes work, his name and biography are included in many prestigious encyclopedia of the world”.
This book of the author Paulin Rranzi that contains enough interesting information and not very familiar for the Albanian reader will surely be browsed with curiosity, because it is in the benefit of the peace and echoes the human and understandable messages, tolerance, cooperation etc., for which nowadays all the layers of Albanian society need more than never.

Sokol Jakova

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A book for peace is a book for God

(Notes about the book “Personalities – Missionaries of Peace” of the publicist Paulin Rranzi)

While reading the book of the publicist Paulin Rranzi, Personalities – Missionaries of Peace, I reminded the word of the president John Kennedy: “If humanity does not vanish war, war will vanish humanity”. This prophetic warning of this great missionary of peace make us read with honor and curiosity every book, article or literary work that is dedicated to peace secular aspiration of men in every place of the world. The author of this book had clear the idea that the existence and human development can not be understand without the understanding and agreement between the members of a family, of a social group and especially between nations and states. The idea of peace is inseparable by the ontological concept of freedom. The author has come to the conclusion that there can be no real peace between the right and injustice, between the oppressed and oppressor, between the hungry people and affluent. Thus, in the presentation of life and missionary activity of personalities that are presented in this book, the author emphasizes their real values as human who at the core of activity and creativity have the ideal of peace and freedom, prosperity and social harmony. It is true that the term “war for peace” can be called contradictory but means and ways in which is fought have determined the degree of humanism and rationality with which is intended the realization of peace ideal.
The book is opened with the writing “Men in love with peace (Gandhi of the Balkans – Ibrahim Rugova)” that breaks down the features and outlook of Kosovo leader through the meeting and interview with the writer and journalist Shefki Hysa. Ibrahim Rugova, till in the first steps of his political activity tried to solve in peaceful way the big problem of the existence of his people. Even though in front of a politic of a chauvinist – communist – fascist state, he stayed with consistency, without being swayed by the visible and invisible whirlpool of the policy and diplomacy traditionally rooted with anti Albanian direction. He has been a follower of the paradigm of the great ancient philosopher, Sokrati: Peace with others comes only from inner peace, so, from the lack of violent impulse and aggressive tendencies of the individual or a nation.” From another point of view is analyzed the political and literary personality of Pjeter Arbnori, who although suffered almost 30 years the calvary through the jails of dictatorship, kept the kindness and love for democratic and human peace and spirit even when he was elected and worked on top of Albanian state. The figure of the writer Bilal Xhaferri, that traverses as a golden thread the pages of this book, is that of man who held on his back since birth, strikes of destiny and our history. He made no error, no fault, only if it is called so being an untired worker, free thinker, brilliant creator of higher levels of Albanian literature, militant to death for the overthrow of stalinist – enverist dictatorship in Albania and for liberation of Kosovo from Serbian bloody hooves. Peaceful spirit and soul of freedom were merged into a single, to be deposited as hot magma into the solid structures of the verses and stories in his books.
Chameria, Albanian province cruelly martyred and without nation, is on the focus of this book through confessions for some personalities that are subject of the writings. But we don’t encounter any spirit of revenge and hatred for the perpetrators of genocide toward cham population. It is required only justice on the basis of acts and documents universally approved and especially by the united Europe, where we tend to be part of it formally. So, there can be no peace, emphasizes the author Paulin Rranzi, without being put into place the justice; can not be maintained the normality and dignity of a nation, where killers are honored and are raised memorials and their sons still make open calls for war and carnage. The writer Hysen Sinani notes in the preface of the book that “there are represented all the regions, from south to central Albania and till to Kosovo”. This geographical range gives the book Albanian size and expresses the great truth of the peaceful character of the Albanians even in the most severe existential conditions and circumstances.
When finished reading the book of Paulin Rranzi, you are convinced that only a democracy lively and rooted in the soul of the people can allow an essential and quiet cleaning, therefore the achievement of a peace, where true freedom flourishes.

Lekë Mandreja

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Characters – the first Albanian Missionaries of Peace

(Impressions from the book “Personalities – Missionaries of Peace” of the author Paulin Rranzi)

The book “Personalities – Missionaries of Peace of the author Paulin Rranzi surprised me very much. It was really amazing the way that how this young author compare characters from different fields of life and make them speak the same international language: Language of Peace.
Once finished reading the book you could not stay without saying: Yes, these are the Albanian model of warriors of peace! These are the first Albanian missionaries for peace, the author Paulin Rranzi himself, who resemble the best models of warriors of peace worldwide. These are also the first characters of Albanian contemporary literature dedicated to the world peace.
This reasoning gives the right to come to the conclusion that finally even in Albanian modern literature blew the wind of Peace messages sender. The epoch of Skanderbeg, our national hero, who the old and new west literature reflect in many works as a great warrior, savior of European civilization, savior of human Peace, is being regenerated. Who are these lucky personalities that were transformed into first Albanian characters dedicated to Peace? I will not exaggerate if I say that, if not all, the majority of them are my acquaintance or friends. Let me start with the president Ibrahim Rugova. Once he was one of the best writers of Kosovo, my contemporary and colleague. He leaded The League of Writers and Artists of Kosovo and meanwhile I was chairman of The League of Writers and Artists of Albania.
Rugova was a prominent activist in the politics of Kosovo. Even I didn’t remain back in Albanian politics. But more than politics, what united me and Rugova was the literary creativity, ideals to serve humanity as warriors of pen. Be understood that Rugova worked a lot as a politician till he transformed in the symbol of Peace for Kosovo and the Balkans, the same as Gandhi for India. It is a great honor for the young author Paulin Rranzi, who has treated the figure of Rugova under the viewpoint of the missionary of peace.
Pjetër Arbnori, Mandela of the Balkans, as the author qualifies him, was one of the most prominent men that Albanian nation has brought out in XX century. In the early ‘90th he was deputy of Democratic Party, whereas I was deputy of Social Party. He was dissident writer that came from the prison of former communist dictatorship, whereas I was a writer that seemed to have served communism. As to say, we were political opponents; however we became friends, especially during the years 92-96, when he was chairman of the Assembly of Albania. In that period a part of democrats behaved roughly with former communists, the same as the communists of the years 45 behaved with former rich people, representatives of the reversed former classes.
On the contrary, Pjetër Arbnori behaved friendly with me, treated me as an opponent of political beliefs not as an enemy, as some others tried to act. An example: I remember that the publisher Shefki Hysa, our mutual friend, asked me to do a foreword for the book of new talent and I did it. The book was published with my foreword and was welcomed by the readers. It was also reflected in media and television. Then, TVSH worked as the only television in Albania. A young journalist in one of TV shows treated the values of the book, adhering my evaluations for the author in the foreword that accompanied the edition. For this action the journalist was fired from work with the motivation as a propagandistic of a figure that belonged former communist regime.
Poor journalist complained to the publisher Shefki Hysa and he, indignant rightly, discussed the problem with his friend Pjetër Arbnori, chairman of Assembly, institution from which depended RTSH. Pjetër Arbnori, after listening to his friend Shefki Hysa, said that Dritëro Agolli with his values as a writer, despite left beliefs as human, was a national wealth that didn’t deserve to be infringed, on the contrary should be protected and evaluated. He immediately called the director of TVSH and ordered to bring back to work the journalist, and even to do a special emission for the figure of the writer Dritëro Agolli. And so happened.
This was Pjetër Arbnori, a figure that with his work fed social peace, didn’t undermine it as did some fanatics representatives of Democratic Party that urged class hatred.
It is known that I belonged to communism, however I wasn’t a blind fanatic of communist regime, I was part of its utopia, part of that beautiful dream, of those ideals that communists had to transform the world in a social paradise where would predominate peace and human equality that was never realized in practice. Communist ideals were misused by the communist dictators and in the name of those ideals was raped intelligence and political opponents, was exerted genocide against a part of humanity. I was a writer, I didn’t belong repressive clans of former dictatorship. My creativity is censored from the communist censorship, maybe a little bit, but is censored the same as the dissident literature of Pjetër Arbnori, Bilal Xhaferri and many other writers, although I was also chairman of the League of Writers and Artists of Albania. I was Dritëro Agolli, I was myself, I was part of the world of creators that in soul and in actions are opponents of all powers. Based on my ideals as a writer, despite the directives of the former communist regime, I have helped and encouraged talents like the writer Namik Mane, former political persecuted, the writer Shefki Hysa (without mentioning some others), who are two of the most characteristic characters of the book “Personalities – Missionaries of Peace” of the author Paulin Rranzi.
The figure of my friend Shefki Hysa unites all the characters in this book. He is the founder of all this Odysseus that Paulin describes, is not only missionary, but head missionary of this mission shaped in the form of a publication in the service of Peace. I really estimate his figure, as he estimates me. Dritëro Agolli has served Peace with his pen. And if one day the author decided to publish a second volume of this publication, I have the belief that my personality would be included in the book as a message sender of Peace. Ask my precious storyteller Shefki Hysa for this and I am sure he will prove my hypothesis. He will prove it that as a talented writer belong to divine race of creators and like all divine knows very well the character of his friends. I am one of his declared friends. I am Dritëro Agolli. I am myself. I could have been part of Democratic Party, as many former communists. I didn’t. I accepted to remain socialist, part of better people that tend from left beliefs. The same as progressive leftists of the entire world who aspire social peace. I never betrayed my beliefs and ideals, I never went after a power for any personal benefit, on the contrary I put in the service of my nation, as the best Albanian democrats that turned the sight toward European civilization.
So am I, Dritëro Agolli, missionary of peace, that’s why I attentively read the book “Personalities – Missionaries of Peace”, that’s why I enthusiastically wrote these rows for its rare values. I am Dritëro Agolli, a missionary of peace still undeclared. Do not forget. Respect the warriors of peace for their sacrifices in the service of worldwide future paradise.

Dritëro Agolli

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Lekë Mandreja, Albanian Writer

Ambassador Lekë Mandreja, Albanian Writer and Journalist

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Three brothers, the inception of a legend

(Marin, Paulin and Ernest Rrazi – a world of challenges)

One day, my friend, Aleksandër Zefi or the Elder of Shkodra as his acquaintances used to call him, told me:
– Chief, when will be the case I want to introduce you with some good friends, very rare friends, as you like them to have. They are three brothers, businessmen from Kaç village of Shkodra.
– No objection, if you like we can meet even today, – I replied.
– Ehe, where to find them today because the live in Italy, – replied the Elder as embarrassed.
– Well, when they will be in Italy then, – I said without discussing any longer.
A couple of weeks had gone when suddenly the Elder came at my office with another person, a boy about thirty years old, apparently with a medium body and with black beard. Me and the Elder hugged each other without giving too much importance to the companion.
– This is Nesti, Ernest Rranzi for whom I have told you, – opened the discussion the Elder presenting me the boy.
I remained for an instance with the shoulder mounted.
– He is my friend, one of the three brothers who live in Italy. Do you remember, I have told you something about them…
– Aha, yes! – I reminded and shook the hand to the newcomer.
– I am an intellectual as well despite my beard, I like to have this beard, – said Nesti as he wanted to justify his look which did not gave you a good impression immediately, while he was shaking my hand.
– Even the scientist do like having beard, it is a normal thing, – I laughed and kept on shaking his hand as I wanted to show some affection, as we were old friends.
I invited them to sit down and started to discuss slowly. Nesti told me that he was the younger of the three brothers. He was born in Kaç of Shkodra on 3 October 1981 in a family with political problems as the majority of Shkodra’s families which were opponents of the communist regime. In the middle of the years ’90, with the idea for a better life, he had gone in the tracks of his brothers emigrating in Italy. They were get together and worked hard in migration. Was the will of God and they went ahead. They became rich. They made their families in Italy. There they constructed even their business. Later on they came in village, in Kaç, and constructed new homes. In 2005, in their zone, they created an Albanian firm with the given name “Tre vëllerizit shpk”. They invested and set up also a factory with the name “Marina” for the production of mineral water and soft drinks.
Now, their Italian and Albanian have more than 100 persons employed from the village, district, Albania and Italy. So, the three brothers helped also their co-villagers and their acquaintances. Nesti kept on talking and his life with such an interesting flow, imposed me respect. I thought that the Elder was not wrong in selecting his friends. So, the three brothers must be indeed good friends as it was spoken. Nesti told me that the older brother, Marin, leaded the business in Albania while Paulin, the second one, who was even the most versatile in relation with foreign partners and investors, leaded the businesses in Italy. They had their firm in the environment sector in the region of Lombardy and some common firms with Italian businessmen.
Nesti himself took after the environment sector. The collaboration diplomacies with banks, partners and investors were carried out by Paulin. He was born for this affairs. And he was successful. He was full of ideas and realizations.
I was listening the confession of Nesti and I imagined the hard work the three brothers used to make. United in a work force such harmonic, those three were certainly as a inexhaustible energy source, as a gigantic hydro power plant turbine put in movement by the river of their wisdom and the experience they had facing the life’s challenges in migration.
Nesti told me that by nature they were people with charity spirit and that they liked too much the idea to work for Peace, but they did not know how to do this. Albeit they had the opportunity they wanted to collaborate with the organization leaded by me. So, to be members of Diplomatic Mission Peace and Prosperity.
I replied that I felt honoured to have those successful boys as collaborators in my mission for peace. I told him that it was my desire to know also Marin and Paulin.
Ernest Rranzi, be understood, was too much pleased by my reception and conversation. They greeted each other as they were old friends, with the promise that they would collaborate for long in the noble mission to return back peace everywhere in the world.
It is known that good people find very easy the opportunity of collaboration. Without passing a month by the meeting with Ernest, came to know Albania the investor Jennifer Lim from South Korea accompanied by her two advisors. Among others I planned even a visit in Kaç village in the factory of the three brothers from Shkodra.
The Kaç village is situated somewhere after Bushat, in the lowland beside the Vau i Dejës hydro power plant. So, it is a part of the municipality of Vau i Dejës. The land where is situated the village, one of the most fertile area, was full of constructions, from the most beautiful. Somewhere between them was set up the buildings complex of “Marina” factory, distributed in one area of some hectares. Its first view is impressive. It was really an investion with values for the area.
In the factory entrance Marin was waiting for us, the older of the three brothers. After we greeted with each others, he accompanied us in the inner environments of the buildings complex. It was indeed a modern factory, with equipments and machinery of the last type which must be envied even by the best European investors. As it seem, the three brothers were boys with a bright future.
Marin Rranzi, with a sportsman body and with a debonair view, accompanied us from one department to the other and explained everything with his coarse and slow voice, although there was no room for explanations, the work used to talk itself.
The investor Jennifer Lim was marvelled by all those he she saw and she was felt as in her home. She said that she knew very well the process of the production of mineral water because even she had such a factory in Korea. So, there was the opportunity to collaborate together in the future. Even the lunch prepared for us, after the visit in the factory, was a surprise. We had lunch and discussed very long in a picturesque local somewhere in the green grove in the shore of the hydro power plant lake.
Marin talked time after time for their life and work. He talked about the roots of their family. He confessed that they had the origin from the Rranzaj’s mead of Bushat. So, they are local indigenous for more than 600 years. They had moved only for a period of time obligated by the persecution of Turkish invaders and were placed in Orosh of Mirdita, in Gjakova of Kosova and later on they turned back in Dedaj of Mirdita. About one hundred and fifty years before they turned back and were placed definitively in Kaç where they are situated even now. So, that land where their house and factory stood they had inherited grandfather after grandfather. Generation after generation they were an intellectual family that had combined the job of state official with the opportunities that the agriculture and livestock economy in the countryside provided. Their grandfather Gjergj Simon Rranzi was a real patriot, as well as their ancestors.
The father of three brothers, Jak Rranzi, of the birthday 14 May 1941, was electrician. He worked about 30 years in different areas of Shkodra distinct, whereas 5 last years, before he retired, he worked in the water company of Vau Dejes. He was eligible man and worked very much and couldn’t bear injustice. He often rebelled and talked a lot against bureaucratic actions of communist rule, although he was a member of the Labour Party. It hurt in his soul that wrong policies of the communist state were making the Albanians poorer and poorer. He said that even in Kosovo under Serbian rule, people were richer: every house had its own tractor. Apparently in 1973 he fed up with rebellious behaviour, therefore the communist leaders dismissed from the ranks of the party and for their family started the political persecution. Many times he was threatened to be arrested. However people appreciated very much his word and kept as one of the most honourable men of the area.
Jak Rranzi died in 26 June 2010. He left his wife and eight children, five girls and three boys who loved each-other very much. They escorted him from this world with the memorial epitaph: “In June our father died. In the hands of his sons he died and to Christ Jaku went. In glory and parris, may his name never be blotted!”…
Now five sisters and three brothers find consolation in their mother. She is called Gonxhe and is about 65 years old. The entire life she has worked in cooperative and after 1990, with the advent of democracy, she devoted to her children and home. Marin Rranzi spoke even for himself. He confessed that he was born in Kaç on 12 January 1972. After high school and army, as the communist system collapsed, he as many other Albanians, with the dream of a more beautiful life, took the path of exile. He worked in Italy. The three brothers raised their business in Italy and Albania. Marini says that the three brothers are truly successful in business, but their work has not been easy. They have made all sorts of jobs from the most tedious in emigration, until they were employed in the Italian company “Teknova Ambiente”, which is now their property. So, they have worked day and night very much until they came to light. Now Marin Rranzi is returned with his whole family in birthplace and is committed to managing the business, which they raised with savings of their work in emigration. Marin tells that the three brothers with their work also help the fellows. They also work for the welfare of the village. They have realized with their investments the lighting of the streets and environments; have also built the bridge that links the village with other areas. So, they are a great help for local government of Shkodra. No wonder the three brothers are well known with the speaker of Parliament, Mrs Jozefina Topalli and the President of the Republic, Mr Bamir Topi, who are grateful politicians that have appreciated very much the contribution of Rranzi family into Albanian life.
Paulin Rranzi, the second brother, came to the headquarter of the organization Diplomatic Mission Peace and Prosperity with the desire to cooperate as a Missionary of Peace. At first glance he is an impressive young man of athlete stature above average, with typical behaviour of the diplomat. During the conversation it is immediately understood that he is an erudite intellectual with comprehensive information on life and the world. We were met and known about 15 years ago, but the interest he was showing for the mission he is leading now, urged and deepened the formerly friendship in a new way toward common ideal: Personalities – Missionaries of Peace. He very quickly became part of the staff of our mission.
Here is how can be shortly portrayed the biography of this young man with dreams, desires and numerous ideals for a fighting life in the service of Human Peace: Paulin Rranzi was born in Kaç of Shkodra distinct on 12 March 1978. He is graduated for justice. Now he lives in Bargamo of Italy. He is one of the most successful Albanian businessmen. He is leader and shareholder in some companies that operate in different areas in Italy and Albania. He is member of the board of directors of the international organization Diplomatic Mission Peace and Prosperity. Paulin Rranzi, with his work as a Missionary of Peace and humanitarian, tries to help people in need. Thanks to the commitment for Peace, he has established friendships with many prominent personalities in the world, especially with those of Vatican. Paulin Rranzi, as journalist and writer, has published a series of writings on the progress of peace in the world and its missionaries. So, he is not only businessman, but even worthy member of the intellectual elites in Italy and in Albania, willing to sacrifice as all the best patriots for the Albanian national issue and World Peace. Paulin, as all missionaries’ personalities, is keen on family life and speaks for his children with that great compassion that characterizes the large-hearted fathers.
As a Peace Missionary and charitable personality, Paulin is decorated with the Cross of Merit by the international organization AMES, based in Italy. Three brothers, Marin, Paulin and Ernest Rranzi, with colours of their life more or less the same, in the eyes of the people interested to cooperate with them, with that world full of challenges and adventures tend toward the same ideal, towards the dreams to change and improve the lives of individuals that surround, recall the legend of the three former French musketeers. The three brothers, as three modern musketeers, fight together for justice, peace and development, for an earthly paradise in Albania, in the Balkans and in the world…

Shefki Hysa

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The dissident that commiserate the political opponents

Mandela of the Balkans- Pjeter Arbnori

When discussing for the Albanian intellectual elite, my friend, the writer Shefki Hysa, unequivocally stated that one of our most prominent intellectuals was and remains Pjeter Arbnori, although he has already died. He never mention the word death, because, in his opinion, Pjeter Arbnori, this versatile erudite, has left behind a work as large and enduring, as due to it he has passed the threshold of immortality. So, for the writer Shefki Hysa, the life and work of the personality Pjeter Arbnori are immortal values in the precious treasure of the Albanian national culture.
Although the current policy is silent on this figure, trying to cover with a sinister veil of forgetfulness, my friend the writer Shefki Hysa smiles with a sort of enigmatic irony that is not known to whom it is addressed and, as always visionary, argues that personalities like Pjeter Arbnori emulate even with their physical absence. It is known that his soul is already part of the Divine Universe and is present in our world in the form of an angel, often justifies the writer Shefki Hysa. The little-soul politicians, part of the evil world, for sure that the presence of angelic deeds throttle them. And obviously the mischief of these souls set in motion that ancient mechanism that keeps alive the duality between good and evil. Only in this way can be explained the silence of the figure of the writer and dissident politician, Pjeter Arbnori – Mandela of the Balkans. Yes, yes, Mandela of the Balkans, is the famous Albanian Pjeter Arbnori, as is the former president of Kosovo, Ibrahim Rugova – Gandhi of the Balkans! – My friend Shefki Hysa says without hesitation. Don’t you believe?! The intellectuals Arbnori and Rugova are two personalities missionaries model of Peace in the Balkans, just as the Indian Gandhi and the African Mandela worldwide. Tell me about one another intellectual who resembles a little bit with their work in Albania, Kosovo and the Balkans, the writer Shefki Hysa insists. And indeed that nobody comes to mind to challenge him and my friend Shefki Hysa, this word’s magician hypnotic with the magic of his speech. Enough to put him in sensibility and Shefki Hysa brings a thousand arguments to defend his thesis: Arbnori – Albanian Mandela of the Balkans.
In January 1992, when it was newly established Publishing House “Bilal Xhaferri” dissident poet Namik Mane urged his friend Shefki Hysa to be interested in creating any acquaintance with the former political prisoner Pjeter Arbnori. It was rumored that he was a special writer, for the nature of his creativity (it was said that he had written some anti-communist works in prison), althought he had not published anything yet. He had made about 30 years political imprisonment, just as the South African leader Mandela, and now he was one of the main regional leaders of the opposition, Democratic Party. He represented the opposition of Shkodra, but in the intellectual circles was claimed that for the ideas, ideals and skills Pjeter Arbnori could become one of the main leaders of this political force, which may soon come to power.
Shefki Hysa didn’t made the word two his colleague, Namik Mane. He found the opportunity during a cultural activity that the leaders of the Association of the former politically persecuted organized and he became acquainted with Pjeter Arbnori. He listened attentively with his debonair appearance and entirely came alive when he recognized that it was created a publishing house with the name of the dissident writer Bilal Xhaferri, which would exalted not only the values of his work, but all the best values of the Albanian dissident writers. He shortly told that he was recognized with the creative activity and the anti-communist ideas of Bilal Xhaferri in prison and he felt amazed by that extraordinary talent, his bad luck, exile and death abroad. Then he said that he had also written a little in prison, secretly, with codes. He was even re-sentenced with ten years when they seized the manuscript of a novel with anti-communist ideas. Now he was dealing with a novel he had written in prison. It was still with handwriting and during the evenings he tried to oppress with an old machine of the brand “Olivetti” borrowed to a friend. As soon as he finished it they would sit to discuss.
They agreed to meet soon.
Two months later, on March 31, 1992 Democratic Party won parliamentary elections and took the power. Pjetër Arbnori, deputy of Shkodra, was elected chairman of the Albanian Parliament. Many intellectuals labeled this choice as a good omen for the Albanian culture.
The poet Namik Mane exalted to the colleagues for his foresight. Especially to the writer Shefki Hysa, who didn’t stay without humorously tamper him: “All the people already know, Namik Mane, that you are the most intuitive type that the world of letters has ever known”!
The poet Namik Mane jumped upwards badly inducing.
“You say it in jest, but I’m really foresayer. Look Pjetri, your friend, became someone in Albanian policy. If you remember, even for our poet Dritero Agolli I had once said that he was a great poet and person, with a great heart, but you didn’t believe, till you became friend and closely knew him. At the beginning you praised only Ismail Kadare! Am I or not a visionary?!” And to not defrauded to the poet Namik Mane was a really intuitive man. Sometime, in the mid-60s’s, he was interned together with the dissident Bilal Xhaferri in Hamalle of Durres, after the escape of Bilal he didn’t burn his poems, although he risked of being imprison, but hid them with the idea that there would come a day that will be overturned the communist dictatorship and they would serve as evidence of dissent and as rare value for future generations. And so it happened. Behold, he was now a respected personality even for the fact that he had preserved some of the best creations of Bilal Xhaferri, not only his own.
Not even two weeks had passed from the day when Pjeter Arbnori was elected president of the Assembly of Albania when he announced the publisher Shefki Hysa that he wanted to have a coffee together. Preferably to meet in Durres, in the beach neighborhood, where he was temporarily housed in one of the apartments of a government residence.
Naturally, former political prisoner was still homeless, without a home of his own in Tirana. The publisher Shefki Hysa decided to deepen the friendship with the writer Arbnori. He discussed even with the poet Namik Mane and left that initially he went to meet him, since he was from Durres and the evening was the most appropriate time for friendly conversation face to face. Namik went two consecutive nights, but didn’t find him. He was said that he came back later. Shefki Hysa then decided to go and to meet him a Sunday, noon. And so he did.
Finally they met. The writer Shefki Hysa shortly told him about his origin as cham, then he explained the mission of the Publishing House “Bilal Xhaferri” in the service of Albanian and worldwide cultural values. Pjeter Arbnori talked about his life. He told that he was born in Durres on 18 January 1935. He had passed an ordinary childhood. He finished the high school in Shkodra, brilliantly, in 1953. Perhaps for this reason he was allowed to work as a teacher, in Shkodra and Dukagjin, but was soon dismissed from work for political reasons. He finished the military duty and then worked as a laborer in Xhafzotaj and in SMT of Shijak. He entered the University with false documents and for two and a half years he gave the exams of five years taking the diploma with the motivation excellent in 1960. Since the age of 14 he began taking part in illegal groups against dictatorship. With a group of friends he distributed tracts with anti-communist content. He created a social democratic organization with an anti-communist program, but, in 1961, he was discovered and arrested. It was spring of 1961 when he was condemned to death for activities against the communist state, for agitation and propaganda. Later the death penalty was turned in 25 years imprisonment. Having done 18 years imprisonment he was also sentenced with other 10 years as anti-communist agitator and for the writing of the novel ” The house left half” (Shtëpia e mbetur për gjysmë) and other creations that were discovered by the guards.
After leaving the prison, in 1989, a year before the collapse of communist dictatorship and democracy arrival, a period in which was softened somewhat the oppressive ferocity of dictatorship because of economic problems that the country experienced, was forced to enter as a pupil to become a carpenter.
Once the democratic movement began, he took an active part in all demonstrations of Shkodra. With his initiative and of other anti-communist people in Shkodra knocked the bust of Stalini. He attended the first anti-communist movement in Tirana. On December 12, in the tribune of the founder rally of the Democratic Party, in Tirana, he handed Azem Hajdari and Sali Berisha a message from democratic and anti-communist Shkodra. On December 13, 1990 he was one of the main organizers of the anti-communist demonstration in Shkodra, where was thrown the bust of the dictator Enver Hoxha. For his continuing anti-communist activity he was elected chairman of PD for Shkodra. Later he was also elected as a MP. Without passing the year, there were new elections and he was re-elected MP.
PD won the most seats and it is known that it took the right of the government of the country, for the first time as an anti-communist democratic force, on March 31, 1992. Finally he was believed the task of the Chairman of the Assembly of Albania and the former political prisoner, entered as a leader in the office of former dictator Enver Hoxha, the former leader of the Communist Party. So, the headquarter of former central committee of the APL was already turned in headquarter of the Albanian Assembly. And the headquarter was directed by him, a former political prisoner.
Behold, the power of God had brought that he teaches good works in the service of Peace intellectual people, peace missionaries, emphasized Pjeter Arbnori in a moment with an appearance somewhat of a winner. Maybe it was the first time that he was opened so in good faith, as the creator in the eyes of the creator, because instantly he took the look somewhat tired with that voice with delaying tone. Then Pjeter Arbnori, like all creators, with emotion about the fate of his work, spoke for a novel that liked a lot. Its events took place somewhere in Nazi Germany, during the period of Reich the third. They were events more or less the same with those that had experienced Albanians during the rule of the dictatorial communist regime. So, he treated Nazism and Communism as two parallel world with the same content, regardless the particularities. In essence, were the same dictatorship that ruthlessly suppress any divine and human worth. They were a modern day savagery, the same as the barbarity of ancient barbarians, so not in vain he had titled it “When the Vikings flock” (Kur dynden Vikingët)…
Pjeter Arbnori, after a little thought, said he had deliberately shifted events in Germany, with the thought that even if this work was discovered in prison, the censors didn’t take it and didn’t punish him again. It was enough that he was sentenced for 10 years more for the novel “The house left half” (Shtëpia e mbetur për gjysmë). It is known that censors of the communist dictatorship appeared as anti-nasist and when they read a material with anti-nasist spirit, they would rub their hands from pleasure, instead of censored it. But destiny wanted not to let that work be discovered, which like many others he had written across the white sides of the newspaper’s pages “Voice of people” (Zëri i Popullit), organ of the Central Committee of the Party of Labour of Albania.
He handed the novel written with a typewriter in a paper of official format. There were about forty pages, adjusting here and there with blue ink pen. His hand easily trembled of emotions just as he suffered from parkinson.
The publisher took the printed sheets and glanced the two-three first pages. It was understood since the first lines that it was a work written by a master. It began with a saying of the indian Nehru: “Fascism and communism are brothers”. The publisher Shefki Hysa felt excited as an archaeologist who suddenly discovers a rare fact that affects the course of human history. Instantly he reminded the phrases of some pseudo politicians who had begun to advertise that in Albania there were no genuine dissent. And those who made such statements should be the neo-communist of the post-communist with the desire to reduce and diminish the values of the former politically persecuted as true catalysts that accelerated and brought the collapse of the Albanian communist regime.
On the contrary neo-communists claimed that they set in motion with their wisdom the mechanism of the decomposition of dictatorial system. So, they claimed that they collapsed communism not the dissent… They were the thought and the movement of the Albanian dissidence.
However the publisher Shefki Hysa, while carrying on his hands the manuscript of Pjeter Arbnori work and while watching with the eyes of the mind how his youth was vanished in prisons, turning into this old gray beard and fallen hair man that was in front of him, thought otherwise. Here was the vivid model of the Albanian Dissident, Pjeter Arbnori.
So, it had existed, was rooted at the tired intellectuals in the province, at the individuals rebelled in the spirit through towns and outlying villages, to the internees, prisoners and all the non-satisfied, that the regime had denied the possibility of self-expression. He was at Bilal Xhaferri and Vilson Blloshmet, poets who paid fiercely their rebellion against the dictatorship…
Exactly, with the publication of their works, works as the one he had in hand, Shefki Hysa publisher would give a blow to the pseudo- politicians trends that together with the Albanian national wealth unjustly wanted to take also her dissidence.
The book “When the Vikings flock” (Kur dynden Vikingët) of the writer Pjeter Arbnori was published in August of 1992. The writer Shefki Hysa was in the role of editor, publisher, also wrote the foreword for the novel. Pjeter, graciously acknowledged all the comments and suggestions, he also made the processing of the material as the editor required and the novel was really a surprise for Albanian readers. The only thing that the author adamantly asked was the presentation on the cover of the book of the black broken cross of the Nazi grafted with the five-pointed red star of communism, which was realized according to his imagination and the appearance was really impressive. The book was published with a circulation of fifteen thousand copies and was welcomed by many readers. The writer Pjeter Arbnori felt delighted as a naive child in front of the book. He touched it and shed tears. It was his first publication and he was not young, but 57 years old. Of course he would feel excited with all those he had passed in life. He was so human with that behavior that with that longing he ignored his own position as a senior politician. He could have been hold heavy shade with a cold mask of bureaucrat in his face, but not. He was man, great Man.
Seeing the very friendly relations with that complex personality the publisher Shefki Hysa, as never before felt proud for the commitment toward the work of this man. Deep himself seemed to have performed a sacrifice in one of the holy temples of God, in church or in mosque, a sacrifice for which he believed would not go awry. Sublime sacrifice.
He was proud that he had also written a preface with the whole soul, felt as if it was one of his creations. He wrote:
Once you read the title of the book “When the Vikings flock” (Kur dynden Vikingët) of the writer Pjeter Arbnori, the mind goes immediately to the barbarian invasions since the ancient times. Not without pain he imagines all the extinct civilizations, people dismantled, races and languages assimilated. Vandals keen on zulm, have swallowed the soul, not only the matter, unable to be human, to resemble somehow those who tried to subdue.
But the author what flock is talking about? Maybe for the communist plague? The note “Written in Burrel prison” since on top as a significant subtitle, promotes the thought that, in this book, the object of the rebel writer and worthy political opponent of the former dictatorship, should be exactly that hell climate that possessed all the communist east and in particular Albania. But in the first sentence of this novel you face with Reich the third of the former Nazi Germany. So, it comes to Hitler’s dictatorship, one of the most perfect models of the inhuman oppressive machine of the Stalinist type. The movement of the events through the labyrinths of Nazi Germany, is nothing more but the author’s message, sent from the prison of Burrel for the similarity of Nazi and communist crimes in family, social and political life. Moreover, the curiosity to discover the relationship between symbolism and reality that itself carries the sentence “Vikings flock” rises. Why not “Vikings flocked”? Where is the secret and priority the use of the present tense of the verb flock, in comparison with the past tense that might fit the period of the events’ developments.
Vikings still flock? To what extent and what are the consequences of flock?
Such questions harass awhile, but are quickly forgotten in a very emotional reading in front of that strange space that unfolds alive among the eyes, as the tempting and inviting shores of the Odyssey’s sirens or as the magic islands of Circe whereupon experiences only anxiety, pain, revolt and horror for that human ugliness that occupies the path. So, this piece extract from the preface shows that the writer Shefki Hysa has seen into with a sense of artist in the magical world of the work of the creator Pjeter Arbnori – Albanian Mandela of the Balkans, as he often called him in the conversations with his friends. The politician Pjeter Arbnori appeared simple and ready in the eyes of the friends, ready to respond with sacrifices to the sacrifices that they made for him. He honored and respected very much the writer Shefki Hysa. He suspended or hastened the end of each official meeting when the secretary announced that in the office lobby was the writer Shefki Hysa. He went himself to the lobby and took him as an old friend, although he was almost twice older. He expected him the first than any MP or staff official of the Assembly. They talked long and advised each other particularly for the development of literature and for the Albanian and world culture problems.
In 1994 the publisher Shefki Hysa prepared for publication another book of the creator Arbnori. It was the novel “Beauty with the shade” (Bukuroshja me hijen). This was also a work written in the prison of Burrel. It was an idyllic creativity, a flight of imagination of the author beyond the prison walls and the slavery where had pent-up physically and spiritually former communist dictatorship. The new publication was really liked. It was something unexpected and unthinkable for the Albanian reader, something that he could not expect from the world of a former prisoner. There could not be perceived that an ex-convict elderly to write with such feeling, passion and lyricism for human love. This novel was a surprise even for the writer Shefki Hysa. Here’s how he wrote in notes accompanying that publication:
You have to be a man with a very sensitive heart, being a writer truly gifted to have both patience and fantasy to neatly braided with the pen tip the idyllic and glittered veil of a summer beach, pent-up inside the cells of a tremendous prison like that of Burrel. It is uunbelievable, but true. Former political prisoner Pjetër Arbnori, in terms of wild terror, through the darkness of the illuminated cell only with the light of the eyes and fire of memories of early youth that fails to besmirch the psychological or physical violence, which hunger doesn’t quenches, striving not only to survive, but also to sharpen the thought and feeling so then to clot in a special art. This is the romance “Beauty with the shade” (Bukuroshja me hijen). Her fate is a part of the author’s fate, of those people that recently came to light, from the fence of barbed wire, with soul still intact, thanks to the explosion of the dormant energies.
You read this romance and can’t stay without shuddering not only from the lyrical hectic state and the messages it conveys, but for the fact how it is created within the recesses of the edifice of the fear of the notorious prison of Burrel. We don’t exaggerate at all, if we express figuratively, that this artistic values is conceived and grown like the pearls within the mussels shell of deep submarine. The pearl’s hunters know what they do to find and extract by submarine depths and to put in the service of man such treasures. So, this romance that has nothing to do with the horrors of prison, rather it is a successful try of the author, as desire and whim, to sing the immemorial human feelings as man himself, love. Although in an area where have entered and failed many writers, Pjeter Arbnori, in his own way, with the hue of his emotional world, finally, manages to weave a new hymn to the love, this time with the most Albanian features. Those who will read this romance, will be convinced that after the publication of the novel “When the Vikings flock” (Kur dynden Vikingët), the Publishing House “Bilal Xhaferri” displays another artistic proof for the undeniable talent of this author, already not young in age, but in soul. “Beauty with the shade” (Bukuroshja me hijen) is a challenge for skeptics, nihilists, mediocre. Even in the darkness of prison, he kept in his soul and work the purity of light, when many other writers, though they lived in the light, the darkness of dictatorship took place in their lives. Pjeter Arbnori will have his place in our literature. He as a tireless hunter will surely continue the search of such pearls in the painful seas of creativity for the pleasure of those who know the value of miracles. And the future will reward him, engraving his name in the memory of time. Those were what Shefki Hysa wrote for the work of his friend. Notice how he characterizes, the myth Pjeter Arbnori, with a magical ability to recreate the freedom even there where its presence may not be perceived, in a notorious prison like the prison of Burrel, spawned of the unique ferocity of the former Albanian communist dictatorship.
The journalist Shefki Hysa, as head of the Chameria Cultural Community, asked the politician Pjeter Arbnori to go for a visit in the town of Konispol, neglected by the government of former communist dictatorship and he immediately accepted. It is known that Konispol is the northen province of Chameria remained within the Albanian border, the only area that symbolizes the Cham culture and traditions in Albania. And the back was deliberately turned to the economic development of this region. Konispol City was deliberately left in limbo, without funds of investments for roads and public works. It was treated as a backward commune, instead of being a developed municipality, as it had even the earlier traditions. The Mayor and the residents of Konispol welcomed the writer Pjeter Arbnori as a king. The general high school “Bido Sejko” organized the discussion of his creativity and turned that day into a holiday with music and dance. It was tabled a rare lunch with Cham traditional dishes and the politician Pjeter Arbnori was delighted by that reception. He didn’t know how to thank the organizers and especially the writer Shefki Hysa. In 1993 the journalist Shefki Hysa, together with a group of intellectuals, friends of Cham ideal, created the Community Cultural of Chameria (Cultural Association “Bilal Xhaferri”). One of the main objectives of this organization was the return of the bones of the dissident writer Bilal Xhaferri in Albania, who had died in the USA. To accomplish this mission successfully without bureaucratic hurdles of the Albanian state, Shefki Hysa thought to seek help from the politician Pjeter Arbnori. And so he did. After he discussed and got the word of the politician, he put the mind at work. He came up with the idea to quickly raise a commission. As committee chairman he proposed the writer Pjeter Arbnori, president of the Presidium of the National Assembly. After this action he drew up a financial project for submission to the Ministry of Culture. Pjeter Arbnori, as chairman of the committee for the ceremonial of the return at home of the bones of the dissident writer Bilal Xhaferri, naturally signed the project. Ministry of Culture agreed to fund. The main newspapers published the news under the title “will return home the bones of Bilal Xhaferri” and with the content: “The President of the Republic, Mr. Sali Berisha, at the request of Publishing House” Bilal Xhaferri “and the Cultural Community of Chameria, has decided that the Albanian state will return home the bones of the prominent dissident writer Bilal Xhaferri, exiled and died in the USA, a refugee from the former dictatorship. Following consultations between institutions charged by the President and with the relevant personalities, was approved the Organizing Committee for the ceremonial of the return home of the bones, decoration and re-burials of the anti communist writer Bilal Xhaferri. The journalist Shefki Hysa, once funding was secured, he went in the USA, to arrange in Chicago the ceremonial of the exhumation, to return in Albania and rebury the bones, with all the honors, as it belonged to the outstanding figure of Bilal Xhaferri. This was truly an unprecedented victory for Chams. Finally they were making one of their missions a reality. On May 3, 1995, President of the Republic, Sali Berisha, decreed the decoration of Bilal Xhaferri with the medal “Martyr of Democracy” (Martir i Demokracisë)… Three days later, on May 6, 1995, after many vicissitudes that passed in Chicago, the USA, the journalist Shefki Hysa, president of the Cultural Community of Chameria, brought in Albania the bones of Bilal Xhaferri. In Tirana a splendid ceremony was organized which was attended, under the direction of Pjeter Arbnori, all the highest state authorities, politicians, writers, artists, journalists, leaders of nongovernmental organizations, friends and colleagues and relatives. The ceremonial was organized in the International Center of Culture. Tirana, the capital, the place from where the dissident writer had been expelled from the former dictatorship, had now sat the black and red flag at half. Finally, the tomorrow on May 7, 1995, the bones of the deceased Bilal Xhaferri were buried in Saranda. The echo of this activity, largely reflected by the Albanian Radio Television, the Albanian and foreign press, went throughout all the areas where the Albanian fellow were, in Kosovo, Macedonia and all over the world and once showed again the Cham’s children knew to keep up their ideal. The writer Pjeter Arbnori appreciated very much the tireless work of his friend, the journalist Shefki Hysa, not only in conversations with intellectual elites, but also in formal settings and in the press. After the end of the ceremonial, in the closing meeting with members of Cultural Community of Chameria: artists, journalists, writers and intellectuals of other fields, Pjeter Arbnori addressed the auditor:
“Dear friends of the deceased Bilal Xhaferri!”I express not as Chairman of the Presidency of the Assembly, but as your friend, as contemporary and inmate of great people as Bilal Xhaferri, the poet, prose writer and prominent dissident publicist, as Mr. Shefki Hysa qualifies him, so dedicated to the mission he has set himself for the exaltation of this brilliant figure that communist dictatorship tried to undo and threw away in the oblivion bin, as it did with many other patriots, as it did with Pjetër Arbnori. I express as honorary member of the Cultural Association “Bilal Xhaferri” and as chairman of the Committee for the Organizing of Ceremonial of the returning home the bones of the deceased Bilal. You charged me this task and I think I have done it well. From my experience I say that is not easy to deal with such complex figures as Bilal Xhaferri. It is one of the most difficult missions that a man who understands can take. Mr. Shefki Hysa had the courage to charge himself this mission and managed to wake the memory of the Albanians for the extraordinary talent Bilal Xhaferri, managed to bring back home and he is resting in peace at birthplace, in Saranda. I think that with this human act, Mr. Shefki Hysa, Publishing House “Bilal Xhaferri” and Cultural association “Bilal Xhaferri” have fulfilled their mission for the Cham issue, have served Chameria as nobody else, of course with our help and yours. However, in my opinion, the mission “Bilal Xhaferri” can be called fulfilled in its core, regardless the additions and decorations that time will bring and other patriots that will follow Mr. Shefki Hysa”.
So, finally, thanks to the commitment of intellectuals as Shefki Hysa, the voice of Chameria had begun to be felt and to echo even in the Albanian life. Goodness is rewarded with goodness; this is one of the mottos of the writer Shefki Hysa, who is guided by the principle that if you did a favor, he double bound. Perhaps this behavior is also one of the secrets of his success. After the completion of the “Mission – Bilal Xhaferri” the writer Shefki Hysa felt as proud and anxious. He didn’t know how to reward his friend, Pjetër Arbnori, the generous help he gave. The publication of another book seemed a little, very little, although Pjetër assured him that as every Albanian patriot, he had his own obligations for Chameria. However Shefki Hysa had as a pledge in the heart the inability to restore the honor. So was he… In 1996, Pjetër Arbnori had ready for publication the novel “Whirlpool” (Vorbulla). The publisher Shefki Hysa took it, edited, prepared for print and sent it to the printing press. It was one of the most voluminous works of the author, over four hundred pages, one of the most accomplished. The novel “Whirlpool” (Vorbulla) came from the press in January of 1997, with a circulation of ten thousand copies. It is known that 1997 was one of the most turbulent and vicious years for Albania, however “Whirlpool” (Vorbulla) was welcomed. This work was liked by the readers perhaps by the fact that it described the historical whirlpool that often interlock Albanian life, just as the political-economical whirlpool that had caught by the throat Albania in that year of mourning. Here’s how the pen of the writer Shefki Hysa characterized this work. “It is said that the world was born from chaos, that light was born from darkness. But it cannot be accepted that life arose from death. Life is the world full of light. Life is constantly risked by death, as well as the world by chaos, as light by darkness. However life is in the world from thousands of years ago. Life survives, especially, at man – the only reasonable creature and the most endangered of this world. To man is threatened everything. The threatened man coexists with risk, resist to risk. Everywhere risks and overall risk by its kind. In the whirlpool of history are appeared not only individuals, but also warrior people. Race threatened by other human race. People risked by other people. Among the risked, the Albanian people remain the most risked. Maybe they remained since the times of Prometeu. Albanian- is the model of the risked man. Even risked by themselves. Grandpa after grandpa swallowed in the drifts of death whirlpool. You can’t say that fire re-lit by its ash, but Albanian fervid through wars, from the barbarians’ invasions and the Empire of West and East, is reborn from his ashes. The Albanian hero is reborn so many times by the death that fell on his head. Israelis, biblical persecuted, through the waves of humanity history survived. They were again persecuted, almost up to extermination, by the Nazi. Mankind did homage to Israeli pain. Albanian pain, rather, is turned back. Albanians had to reappear as many times from the ruins of empires. He has rediscovered himself, as archaeologists discover ancient statues after the excavation extremely fatiguing. Empire after empires have collapsed on the head of the Albanian and he is revamped, giddily, with wounds, through empire dawn and could resist heroically, from one death to the other, from one circle of hell to another, while he reborn again back. Such heroes embody the novel “Whirlpool” (Vorbulla) of the writer Pjetër Arbnori. Heroes reborn from the whirlpool of human hell. After reading the “Whirlpool” (Vorbulla) everyone can say that Arbnori has artistically recreated a historical reality detached by the dawn whirlpool of the period after Prizreni League. However, despite the hue and the unique originality of the events and episodes that are confessed in the work, its heroes recall the resistance fighter of all Albanian millennia, even the hero reborn from the era of communist hell. So, “Whirlpool” (Vorbulla) is a cut of Albanian millennia history, regardless the time position it is experienced, is a synthesis of the turbulence of the past and future, imitation as well as artistic generalization. A work created in unusual circumstances, born like a swirl of light in the darkness of prisons, with unusual characters, which resemble, more or less their creator. Arbnori was reborn from hell, being miraculously escaped by the death’s shackles. The red hell devoured many victims, as the unfortunate characters of tales that, to get rich or to have the Beauty of Earth for wife, take that “way in which you go and never return”. On the contrary, Arbnori, through this way ended in “Hereafter” of communist prisons. He survived all the horrors of the circles of hell and finally found the path of return loaded with victory and with all those treasures – his literary work, among them the novel “Whirlpool” (Vorbulla), and the Beauty of Earth – the honor the writer deserves.
“He survived the plague epidemic,” is said in such cases. He survived, as the almost mythical characters of “Whirlpool” (Vorbulla). For the sake of art and the ability to reborn, he will be engraved in the memory of generations”…
Believe it or not, but for me, as I said earlier, as many other creators say, the writer Shefki Hysa is a word wizard, a magician that let you mindless with the ability to hypnotized with the power of words. You can understand this after you have read the texts of his pen. It is the opportunity, dear readers, to judge how the writer Shefki Hysa artistically reflects the rebirth of the phoenix Pjetër Arbnori from the whirlpool of the Albanian communist hell.

Paulin Rranzi

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A message of special type

Notes about the book “Personalities – Missionaries of Peace” of the writer Paulin Rranzi

The book “Personalities – Missionaries of Peace” (Personalitete – Misionarë të Paqes) is a compilation of writings on specific figures of politics, art and Albanian literature. This collection looks like a monographs rather odd in the way it is conceived at the beginning and how it is composed later. So, in the form it differs from all summaries of different literary, artistic or scientific biography, it even differs with a monography on a particular topic that actually has this book and serves as a liaison yarn among various figures, as is the idea of the mission or missionary of peace. However, when you have read the entire book and have experienced for a little time the taste that reading has left you, you smile and it looks that you have in front of you a beautiful work carried out with collage techniques. It seem so, as to say, from the literary and vital material that the author Paulin Rranzi has used, by mixing within an idea, that of the mission of peace, three or four different areas of practice and human creation. Perhaps, this has made this summary more diversified and more attractive.
It is acted simply and carefully for the choice and the composition of the object of the book: the author has a close friend the writer Shefki Hysa and by the empathy he has for him, he looks round him events and personalities that can better serve his idea to join in a monographic narrative missions and Albanian missionaries that consciously have served this high and human eternal purpose: peace. Watching the book from this perspective, it doesn’t seem redundant the frequent quotation of the source of inspiration of the author, because it serves more as an element of truth in the stories that follow. Furthermore, I would say, in the confession about the meeting with Rugova, this “inspiration” of the author is exciting. And, in fact, the head “Rugova” is among the most beautiful and among the most significant of the book, along with that of Pjeter Arbnori and especially that of Ibrahim Daut Hoxha, which contains in itself a whole history for a life of sacrifices.
In the professional selection of the missionaries is noticed an equal ratio of selection between the literary and politicians, although some of them happened to be literary-politicians, who are really distinguished for their peaceful disposition in politics, as it comes to Ibrahim Rugova and Pjeter Arbnori, who also give the predominant hue to this book. An outstanding value this book gains by diversity of forms that, in my opinion, reminds the collage. For those personalities where takes place more their life through memories or episodes experienced by the author, the form is that of emotional narration. For others, where the idea of the peaceful message is extracted by their work, the form is somewhat cold, of academic style. Such, indeed, written as rarely before in our political journalism, are the descriptions for the politicians Shpetim Idrizi and Tahir Muhedini, where their political ideas are presented in a manner sufficiently clear and attractive to read. But there are also mixed forms of narration, like that of Namik Mane, where the quoted verses bring the breeze of a touching peace. A very special thing impresses very much in this book. There is not a special chapter for Bilal Xhaferri, but he is present throughout the book with his peaceful spirit and soul, adding it to the work, as without being felt, the missionary and inspiring force. The summary of Paulin Rranzi has, or seems to have, even a geographical distribution thought in the selection of personalities. Perhaps this is totally random, but in fact there are all the territories represented, from the south, in central Albania to Kosovo. Of course, the many are Cham, but this is justified, when it is known that more than all Albanians, the message of wisdom, patience and peaceful politics comes from Cham. Therefore, even those in this small book for Albanian missionaries of peace, stay enough good and as in their own house.
The book “Personalities – Missionaries of Peace” (Personalitete – Misionarë të Paqes), of the writer Paulin Rranzi, in his inside is crossed by a message of particular type, as it is the message of peace that carries in itself each of the characters as visionaries and peaceful at every step of their activity.

Hysen Sinani

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