Albania Mission Against
Human Trafficking

MARY WARD LORETO is planting hope with a human rights approach to combating modern day slavery. This challenging mission is implemented through works of justice, education, grass roots action and systemic change. The aim is to eradicate poverty, the prime cause for human trafficking.

The happiest people do not have the best of everything, they make the best of everything they have. This is the quote that expresses the feelings which we enjoyed during the event in Divjaka. Here 120 people attended the launching of the research led by MWL Men’s project in close collaboration with local intellectuals. In only 82 pages we have explained the history, shown the beauty, and have told the story of the challenges and the future of this community, which they are building together.

Divjaka is a small part of Albania blessed by God with very fertile land and a beautiful landscape. Despite all of these assets, even Divaka has been abandoned and suffers the wounds of migration and trafficking, especially amongst the youth. In this community you can find many job opportunities, especially in agriculture, but nowadays people are looking for a lot more security, which is to be found in a standard of living which provides good education, health, and justice. “Now that we have this research, it will be easier for us to discover our identity and to add value to this and future generations. This will increase the will for others to live in this community and face together all the challenges from day to day. In this way we will stop emigration and we will be protected from trafficking” said Fredi Kokoneshi, the local Mayor and a resident of the city.  Inspired by this research and in the light of his recommendation, only two weeks after the event, all local key persons in the community set up a round table to address the recommendations of the research beginning with the setting up of a museum in the town.

*Special thanks for supporting this initiative, in different manners and for their help in achieving the success of this project, goes to: Anna Hawkes CJ, Imelda Poole, Shahin Petritaj, Flamur Pjeternikaj and Patty Stein.

Divjaka: The Research Report in Albanian Language.

Divjaka: Research Report in English Language.