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Briseida Mema

Briseida Mema

Briseida Mema is an AFP correspondent in Tirana. She worked from 1983 to 1997 for Drita, a political newspaper.  An AFP correspondent since 1990, Mema covered the Albanian crisis of 1997 and the Kosovo war in 1998-99.
Hunting for 'black gold' in Albania's lawless truffle trade
Hunting for 'black gold' in Albania's lawless truffle trade
Threats, poisoned dogs and massacred trees: Albania's forests are gripped by a war over truffles, the prized and pricey fungi known in this poor...
Choosing a man's life in patriarchal Albania: the freedom of the sworn virgins
Choosing a man's life in patriarchal Albania: the freedom of the sworn virgins
At the age of 16, living in a remote village in northern Albania, Shkurta Hasanpapaj faced being forced into marriage.