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    In the wake of the bombings -- Kosovo's legacy for women.

    WOMEN, LAW AND DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN. 1999 Summer; 1, 7.

    This article reports the effects of the Kosovo crisis on the lives of Albanian women. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the UN Children's Fund stated cases of sexual harassment, torture, rape, trafficking, forced prostitution, discrimination, and exploitation of women and children refugees. One of the cases of rape was reported by the Los Angeles Times regarding a 13-year-old girl, Pranvera Lokaj, along with 20 other girls who experienced gang rape by Serb soldiers for several nights. When Lokaj returned home and narrated her story hoping for comfort, her father sent her to the Kosovo Liberation Army to escape shame from her family. The reason for this is that in an Albanian community, rape is a sensitive issue, which traumatized the rape victims leading them to lie about the crime than to be shunned by their families. Furthermore, Albanian women have also assumed a new role that being single mothers since their husbands are forcibly separated from them and killed.
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