Around 10,000 people have lost their lives to traditional blood feuds in Albania since the fall of Communism, according to the website The Balkanista.
These are not crimes related to gangs or drugs, but rather to a centuries-old tradition that has wreaked havoc through communities for over 500 years.
The concept of Albanian blood feuds came from societal rules contained in various Kanuns, most notably the “Kanuni i Leke Dukagjinit”.
Even today, honour is one of the most important traits in Albanian culture. Some even consider being honourable and keeping one’s honour intact as being more important than the lives of others, including family members.
Gjakmarre or ‘blood revenge’ refers to the obligation placed on an individual to murder to salvage one’s honour.