Letter from the President
Sally and Liz Dack, a volunteer nurse, were arranging to evacuate the families to Tirana where a Greek air force plane was waiting to fly them to Britain. On the day of departure, Jack Straw announced that the visas had been refused. This was in spite of the fact that arrangements had been made to treat the children in private hospitals at no cost to the NHS or the British Government. Two days later, as Sally and Liz returned to their hotel, they were attacked by masked gunmen. Liz was punched aside by one of the gunmen while the other shot Sally through the leg.
President Rexhep Meidani sent his Minister of Health to Tropoje to evacuate her by helicopter but she refused to leave without the children. Two weeks later Sally received the following letter.
Dear Miss Becker,
I am glad to hear the good news coming from Tropoje that your health keeps improving and that actually your condition is not life threatening. Considering this a grave act which "you good lady did not deserve" I am convinced that the generous and patriotic region of Tropoje has given and will give you the occasion to access that it knows to respect guests, and that ugly act which aims to take your life is alien to the tradition and mentality of this region.
Just like my people I have followed with much admiration your activities to aid the people in need due to the anachronistic wars fomented by sick minds amidst Europe; once in Bosnia, yesterday in Kosovo and today in Albania.
Your determination to continue this activity deeply affects me personally and believe me, that my compatriots, wherever they are, will highly value this thing.
True Albanians know to evaluate friends and I wish you a speedy recovery and success in the realization of your vocation which has inspired, and continues to inspire, many people in search of a better and fairer world.
With kindest regards
President Rexhep Meidani
President of Albania 1997 - 2002
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