By Kastriot Dervishi
– The letters of the Kosovar fugitives in Albania, for Enver Hoxha: “Our life in prisons and camps was dark, allow us to repatriate”!-
Memorie.al / A black mark remain for Enver Hoxha’s communist state, the mistreatment of Kosovar immigrants who came to Albania during the dictatorship period. Thinking of Albania as their country, they found here an even worse treatment from their country, which was occupied by the Yugoslavs. The attitude of the communist state, throughout its existence, remained very hostile towards the Albanians of Kosovo and Chameria. In their letters to the top communist leadership, they sought primarily to escape the evil that had befallen them. Many Albanians from Kosovo lived at this time in Seman of Fier.
In the midst of an unprecedented discrimination, they were daily at rest, not only of communist hatred, but also of a political persecution that they did not understand why it came to them. There is a lot of pain in their letters. They don’t consider them as people, they don’t even take them to the doctor, they keep them isolated and controlled.
In addition to the cases noted below, we highlight the case of Sei Vukaj from Kosovo, who came in 1957 to seek political asylum. He was exiled to Seman, but wants to return to Llakatund. In February 1958, he had tried to escape and showed such a tendency again, it was said in the report dated 7.2.1959.
Comrade Enver Hoxha
First Secretary of the Central Committee of the PPS
The undersigned Mark Gjolaj, of Albanian nationality, now an immigrant, from Yugoslavia, residing in N.B.Sh. “Liberation”, the Seman sector in Fier, presents the following:
On 12.3.1953, I immigrated to the Republic of Albania, since as an Albanian, I wanted and want to live here. Since the day of my arrival in Albania, I have been alone through prisons and camps, never being free, although I have a good Albanian patriotic past.
For this reason, I turn to you and ask you to help me ordering my release from Semani.
Seman, on 15.12.1957
N.B.Sh. “Liberation” – Sector
The letter was handled on 14.3.1959, by the director of the Foreign Directorate of the Central Committee, Mihal Prifti, who attached it, together with the letters of other Yugoslav citizens, regardless of nationality.
The immigrants had also requested the same thing: Hajdar Gashi, Nikolla Shoqi, Mustafa Kollari, Dushan Vukič, Shaban Kllobçishta Ramush Maxhari, Bozho Vujosevic, Hajdar Qetkaj, Hamdi Gashi, Hilmi Duraku, Nazmi Sulejmani. Among others, the Priest instructs:
“To inform the aforementioned, that there is no possibility that they will be released, but they will live the life of immigration, like all other immigrants.
Those who have asked to be repatriated should be told that the issue will be reviewed, but those who have Albanian citizenship must first apply to the Presidium of the People’s Assembly for the removal of citizenship.
To those who have asked to continue their studies with a scholarship, let them be told that we will look into this matter and give them an answer later.”
Political Bureau of P.P. of Albania
The undersigned, Ramush Maxhari, a Yugoslav immigrant residing in the Seman Fier sector.
I submit the following prayer. As per my request and desire, I was granted a visa for repatriation to Yugoslavia. On 19.12.1956, according to the regulations, I submitted the visa to the Directorate of Passports in Tirana.
Yes, on that day, for signing. From that day until today, a full year has passed since I did not receive a visa response.
I beg the above-mentioned title, be kind enough to be near me, let me know the exit of my visa. Because I feel a desire to repatriate near my family, based on my age that I am young.
I remain full of hope, that my prayer will be taken into account, this is our expression.
I await the answer
Seman, on 8.11.1958
I, Eshref Dauti, a Yugoslav immigrant living in Seman Fier, present my prayer as follows:
Since I am weak in health, I can say that I have a great illness, I turn to you with this prayer and I ask for your help. As the highest organ of the party, I am asking you to give me some help by releasing me to go to the doctor, because our organs have not released me to go to the doctor to be seen.
With this, I do not want to complain against the bodies that deal with us, because some immigrants do not have good manners, that is why I am living with them and I am not given the opportunity to heal. I remain hopeful that you will fulfill my requested desire.
Seman, May 7, 1958
With respect and honor
Seman sector, Fier
(For this, permission is granted only to visit)
The first secretary of K.Q. of ALP
Friend Enver Hoxha
I, the undersigned Ibish Draga, a Yugoslav immigrant who immigrated in October 1956, born in 1936 in the New Town of Peja, now residing in Seman, have the honor to present to you the following prayer:
On January 31, 1957, I submitted a request for repatriation to my country of birth, to the Yugoslav government, and through the Yugoslav legation in Tirana, I was informed that my request was approved and to present myself at the Yugoslav legation in Tirana, to sign the visa and withdraw pasanari for repatriation.
Since I am a Yugoslav citizen, from where I am located, I must be provided with a permit to go to Tirana, therefore, I am asking you, Comrade Enver directly, to intercede with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, for the granting of the appropriate permit for the withdrawal of the passport from the Yugoslav legation in Tirana.
After a full year and a half has passed and I have not been given the opportunity to withdraw my passport, I am personally begging you, Enver, to have the kindness and intercede in the competent bodies and give me the opportunity to be repatriated to my family mine.
Please notify me in writing of my request. I remain hopeful that my prayer will be considered. Memorie.al
On 31.5.1958 Ibish Draga
N.B.Sh. “Liberation”, Seman-Fier Sector