The rescue of Alvin Berisha from the “hell” camp in Al Hol of Syria in November 2019, was the most sensational news in the Albanian media, but the Italian media also gave it a strong echo.
11- year-old, Alvin Berisha, who touched the hearts of Albanians, after having been alone in the infamous camp in Syria, was saved thanks to the intervention of the Italian team show “Le Iene”, part of which was Albanian journalist Taulant Kopliku.
11 -year-old arrived later in Rome from Beirut, thanks to the humanitarian corridor provided by the Red Cross with the Red Crescent, but also by the commitment of the international police cooperation service, in cooperation with the Italian presidency and the premiership.
Although the rescue of Alvin Berisha was tried to be used politically as well. It was the Minister of Interior Sander Lleshaj, who came out and bragged on television screens, trying to take on the merits of saving Alvin Berisha.
In a TV appearance in November 2019, Lleshaj said that his visit to Lebanon was not only aimed at rescuing Alvin, but also to continue the plan to find all other Albanians in ISIS camps. “The Albanian government has been preparing a plan for months to pull out from the camp the Albanian citizens who are involved in this huge drama, especially the children. The plan underwent unexpected changes, due to the changing geopolitical context in the region.
We are committed and prepared in order that all Albanian citizens, mainly children who have been excluded from the activity of participating in terrorist activities, return immediately to theirs homes. The area is a complete fog. It is an ambiguous situation, with many dangers. My visit there was not just for following the operation of finding Alvin Berisha, but also finding other Albanian citizens”- said Lleshaj at that time.
But what happened? Almost a year after Alvin Berisha was rescued, beyond the propaganda made in the media to portray Sander Lleshaj as a “hero”, nothing is known about the fate of many other Albanians left in Syria.
While a day ago, Minister Lleshaj said that it is in Lebanon and is trying to re-repatriate women and children remained in the Syrian camp. During an interview on the show “Open”, Lleshaj released the next “pearl”, while he said that:”I have no legal duty to repatriate Albanian children from Al-Hol camp. I’m doing it for humanist purposes”.
In fact, if a Minister of Interior doesn’t serve the citizens, it makes no sense to be a minister. Why should Albanians pay a minister who doesn’t have the duty to serve the citizens? And if Sander Lleshaj is really so human as it claims, 50.000 euros, which he says it has paid for a luxury car which walks in Albanian road, would be better if they were put in service of rescuing the Albanian children that are still in Syria.
There is no Minister of Interior in the world, who has no obligation to help its citizens. He should not stay in office for a minute, if he isn’t in the service of the citizens. If he doesn’t serve the citizens, for what do we need him? Or for a “captain” who walks in a luxury BMW, or fights with journalists and threatens people? / CNA.al