Constructing Chameria

After decades of neglect by subsequent governments of Albania, president Festim Lato of the Republic of Chameria has laid out a strategy to develop the border region that connects Chameria with its neighbours.

On 30 June 2018, the work on the 12 km road from Konispol to Verve started when a group of infrastructure specialists and supporters of the Republic of Chameria inspected the road that runs through difficult and mountainous terrain. The road is currently only traversable with great difficulty, which means that people who live along the road are isolated from opportunities.

The new road that the Republic of Chameria is constructing through the mountains will allow for all vehicles, including big busses and trucks, to reach the, now remote, areas and allow for greater develepment.

The road leads to an important Cham building, which saw many refugees pass during the forced expulsion in World War II. This Cham building sits high in the mountains from which the village of Filat is clearly visible. The building will also be renovated and will function as the House of Peace for the Cham community. The building will serve as a museum, conference facility and meeting place for the Cham people. It will be officially opened on 14 July 2018.

The construction of the infrastructure of Chameria is funded by the Republic of Chameria, with support from Europe as well as private investors. The heavy equipment needed to lay down a modern road has been acquired by the president of the Republic of Chameria, Festim Lato.

A television item of the start of the construction can be viewed here:

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