The central Albanian town of Elbasan after a downpour.
In 1999 Dissident Editions proposed
to "Friends of Albania"
(Miqtë e Shqiperisë) in England a modest project on behalf
of the donkeys (gomerë) of Albania, a country where veterinarians
and veterinary services are very few.
As a result of initial and anonymous
funding by Dissident Editions, further cash was raised by the
secretary and organiser of FoA, Miss Primrose Peacock. Veterinarians
from England and Austria kindly offered their services at no
cost, and, eventually, the Society for the Protection of Animals
Abroad (SPANA) sponsored a Scottish veterinarian and offered
literature in Albanian, tools and pharmaceuticals.
The very wealthy
British charity, The Donkey Sanctuary, refused to help
the project in any way.
Notice posted at Gjinar by Diakonia Agapés.
Diaconia Agapes ne bashkepunim me organizaten angleze BESA:
Miqte e Shqiperise organizon ne zonen e Shpatit Projektin
specialiste nga Anglia, Zelanda e Re dhe Austria do te trajtojne
kafshet tuaja te punes (gomere, mushka, kuaj) per probleme te
ndryshme qe kafshet mund te kene si probleme me thundrat, demtime
nga samari probleme te gojes etj.
te mirepritur me
DATE 10 TETOR 2000
ORA 9.00 ne Gjinar.
From the 9th to the 13th of October
2000, the veterinarians and their facilitators both Albanian and foreign
worked and spoke in five villages around Elbasan in central Albania:
Balëz, Gjimar, Gjergjan, Thane and Papër. They were ably assisted by
veterinarian staff from Elbasan and Tiranë and by workers for Diakonia
AgaphV (Diakonia Agapés: Service of Love) in Gjinar.
Much local interest was aroused, and
many owners of donkeys (as well as horses and mules) turned up at the
advertised places at the appointed times. They were obviously fond of
their equines, and anxious that they have their teeth looked at and
seen to, that they be inspected for parasites, and so on.
The following pictures were takern by the organizer,
© Primrose Peacock.
At Gjinar, 11.00 in the morning.
Austrian veterinarian, Edmund Hainisch at Gjinar.
A loving owner and a patient at Gjinar.
English veterinarian Neil Rudram at Balëz.
New Zealand veterinarian Ian Dacre examining teeth at Papër.
The river-bank near Papër
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A young Albanian
man smokes a cigarette
as his younger wife carries hay alongside the main road near Elbasan,
February 24, 2003.
In rural Albania,
as all over the world,
'tradition' dictates that women to do all the house chores
with men never helping, as this is seen to be a sign of weakness
if not 'effeminacy'. By walking thus alongside her
he flaunts his male superiority.
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