“We Have Lost Human Lives. We Have Also Saved Many Lives.”

After a devastating earthquake, the Albanian people hold fast to hope, one another, and their friends in the international community.

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Durres, Albania. November 27, 2019. Search and rescue teams sort through the rubble from a collapsed building.(photo: Dipartimento Protezione Civile)

“We have lost human lives. We have also saved many lives.” — Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama

While people in the U.S. were celebrating Thanksgiving last week, the people of Albania were searching through rubble in the aftermath of the biggest earthquake that country has endured in decades.

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Durres, Albania. November 27, 2019. Tent reception area for survivors set up in the Durazzo sports field. (Photo: Dipartimento Protezione Civile)

“We too have been through this. And we are standing by the Albanian people and its government.” — Nikos Dendias, Greek foreign minister

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Durres, Albania. November 27, 2019. Images show the tops of buildings which collapses after the earthquake. (Photo: Dipartimento Protezione Civile)
Aerial footage provided by VOA’s Albanian Service shows the extent of damage caused by the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck the country, Tuesday, November 26. (VOA News)

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