For me, freedom meant reading books and watching movies that were not banned anymore. I could travel abroad now, and discuss my ideas freely. I met wonderful friends around the world.
During my first year in college abroad, the state collapsed in Albania. Riots tore my home town apart. A gangster almost shot me when I went to visit my family during the summer.
A gang in my hometown, Vlora.
I was studying economics and computer science at the time. Since I wanted to know why people rebel and how can we promote peace, I started to take more political science classes. A year later, the war in Kosovo was too close to home, and I accompanied Kosovo refugees when they returned home. Almost 1 million Kosovo refugees fled in that major refugee crisis.