What Are Albania’s Blood Feuds?

In Albania, tradition states that blood must flow to make amends for a crime. Nearly 1,000 families there may be living in hiding to protect children, the main targets of blood feuds.

Eye for an Eye

According to the Kanun — Albania’s civil and penal code dating back to the 15th century — a murder must be avenged by the death of a man from the murderer’s family. The only restriction is that the victim must not be killed at home. That’s why many families now live as recluses. Blood feuds fell out of use during the Communist period, but since the fall of the Soviet bloc, it has reappeared in more violent forms. Since then, even children are targeted in blood feuds. However, it is for its authorization of retaliation killings that it has become most notorious, particularly since enjoying a revival in the years following the fall of communism.

In a region where government is practically non-existent, it’s difficult to fight tradition — as this woman, whose husband was murdered, can attest. Truly a vicious circle, this tradition is said to have caused the death of several thousand people since 1992. Nearly 1000 families may be living in hiding, but the main victims are the children. Liljana Luani is a teacher. She goes from village to village, teaching classes to children who live under threat of a blood feud.

Where once code sought to regulate such blood feuds - imposing limitations on who could be killed (no women or children under the age of 16) - these aspects of the code have gradually been eroded, with the notion of vengeance overriding all others. It can be trigged by something as trivial as a dispute between neighbors or a disagreement among family; an incident that, anywhere else, might be forgotten with the passage of time or left to the authorities to resolve. Shut away, kept out of school, and depressed, several hundred children are now believed to be living with the fear of being executed.


07/08/2019 7:13 PM


  • Balaji S.
    07/19/2019 05:48

    Revenge happens in all countries.

  • Ragu P.
    07/16/2019 09:03

    Utter stupidity to kill children and its utter nonsense that only blood revenge will console or even bring the dead back alive again...I thought humans were born with the mental capacity to be rational and have conscience

  • Mir A.
    07/16/2019 03:28

    Why is everyone getting so defensive here ?? No country is perfect and Yes we're working on it and slowly but surely we will get rid of it .. Why are we Indians so bad at taking criticism? It does exist in the the under developed and backward areas of our country but look at the bright side guys .. We're working on getting rid of it .. We've had worse practices which we've got rid of .. So let's work on this as well!

  • Shamim H.
    07/15/2019 23:45

    Oh. So sad n painful.

  • Juzair R.
    07/15/2019 16:58


  • Shekhar M.
    07/15/2019 16:34

    This is diappointing how come this practice sounds familiar in india? Dont just post anything by adding india just because u didn't got any content If it was familiar then why didnt you cover any part of video regarding india?

  • Surajit M.
    07/15/2019 11:13

    That's why communism is in need

  • Harry P.
    07/15/2019 10:27

    Govt is to blame if they can't manage this situation why should govt. Exist

  • Daya R.
    07/15/2019 09:40

    In India this practice sounds a little familiar as well. - Then how come you didnt cover any part of India ???? Brut India - Not receiving any Adds from Govt ... !!! Nice way to get back ....

  • Brut India
    07/15/2019 09:37

    In a deadly story of revenge, the blood feud between these two families in Haryana has claimed eight lives:

  • Tariq A.
    07/15/2019 09:08

    A throwback of tribal culture...still prevalent in the tribal area of northwestern part of Pakistan. Badal or revenge is one of the ten tenants or the code by which pushtun tribes live and die.. similar to ten commandments of Moses except for a few differences.

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    07/15/2019 08:19

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  • Sameer S.
    07/15/2019 08:12

    BJP waalo ke baare me koi nahi bolega yaha... 😂😂

  • Vinod B.
    07/15/2019 08:01

    There is a Corrupt & Communist Media houses in the World who keep mum on actual issues and only raise questions as per their propaganda and Unfortunately, In India this practice sounds a little familiar as well..... Now who is saying one of them is !! Anyways I am waiting for your cross post/comment as you do in your every post after a day!! 😎

  • حميدة م.
    07/15/2019 07:58

    That’s ridiculous. Kill the murderer who killed an innocent person. If the victim’s family wants retribution its their right. They could also demand financial compensation or forgive the killer if they wish. Why kill his family members? They haven’t done anything.

  • Sajal J.
    07/15/2019 07:25

    yes it is familiar with india. But only in gangs of wasseypur

  • Vishwajeet S.
    07/15/2019 07:16

    Very disappointing , for them revenge is a religion

  • Vivek S.
    07/15/2019 07:14


  • Devendra S.
    07/15/2019 07:10

    Yeah that's true . Revenge has taken place of tradition from when there was no legal justice system was present in society. Now days films and songs glorifying that . Even to date places like chambal region in Madhya Pradesh uttarpradesh and Rajasthan . These kind of things are celebrated.

  • Nalini P.
    07/15/2019 07:09

    How is it familiar in India?

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