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Sunday, November 4, 2012
Chams and the Independence
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On the verge of the 100th anniversary of independence, the Institution
of Studies for Chameria has held a scientific conference regarding the
efforts and the contribution of the Cham people for Albania’s
The well known historian,
Professor Pellumb Xhufi, valued the contribution of the Cham community
and brought new documents about them.
“Many people are talking
about the role of Chameria and its patriots in Albania’s independence.
There are documents that illustrate the history of a land about which we
don’t know much even today. In fact, the documents that I displayed
show that the Chams, despite the religious differences during from the
15th to the 18th century, have lived together in perfect harmony, have
married among each other convinced that they belong to the same nation,
and this is very clear”, Xhufi declared.
The Historian Beqir Meta mentioned the efforts of the Greek State to hamper the education of the Cham people.
fact, the Greek government has always tried to discourage the Cham
population from developing their own identity, national awareness and
education. The Cham population and the Albanian states have always
confronted them for the Cham’s rights and freedoms, and Greece has
always denied them through two arguments: the first argument was that
surpassingly this population was not clear about its identity, and the
second argument is that this area had no schools even in the period of
the ottoman occupation. The Greek government tried to stop the Albanian
government from sending the case to legal channels and they reached
their goal by promising a mutual agreement with the Albanians. After the
Albanian government implemented its obligations, the Greek government
failed to implement them once again”, Meta declared.
conference they referred to historians such as Bashkim Kucuku, Ledia
Dushku and Hajredin Isufi, who have studied the history of the Cham
people for years.