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What Happened That Night

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Albanian translation

Many of you have heard that the Kosovo government withdrew funding from Women’s shelters because of funding issues. The shelters were closed without warning in late December. Women and children were thrown out. Only one shelter in Gjakova was able to stay open. However it could not accept new clients. 65,000 Euros was given to the shelters in emergency government funding last Friday allowing them to reopen-for now.

In Kosovo, we are often inundated with political news. But we wanted to know how women and children and the people who work with them were affected by the shutdown.

According to Kosovo Police figures from 2014, there are 1,000 reported cases of domestic violence annually. 80% of these cases are women. Children and elderly comprise the rest of the cases. Usually the perpetrator is the male head of household. The shelter system is essential…

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