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Monday, 22 October, 2001, 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK
Albania - 10 years on

In 1991 the BBC's Bill Hamilton made a series of award-winning television reports documenting life in Europe's most impoverished nation Albania. Ten years on he and his cameraman Bhas Solanki returned to discover whether life had changed for ordinary Albanians.


The plight of the orphans


The images of Albanian orphans living in appalling conditions were some of the most powerful to come out of the BBC's reports a decade ago. Shut out of sight and out of mind the plight of these children became a matter of international concern. Bill Hamilton returns to one children's home.

 The BBC's Bill Hamilton reports


Anila's story


For one young blind orphan, Anila, the efforts to help the children of Albania resulted not just to a new life abroad - but also the gift of sight. In this report Bill Hamilton traces the steps forward - but also the setbacks - that Anila has encountered.

 The BBC's Bill Hamilton reports


International partnerships


Many of the links between communities in Albania and abroad have endured - and are still helping to transform the lives of ordinary Albanians. Some of the biggest changes have been experienced by those living in the countryside.

 The BBC's Bill Hamilton reports

The ongoing challenge


Albania is still desperately trying to throw off the shackles of its past. The country's political leaders say massive overseas investment is needed to stop the country's young talent quitting the country for a more lucrative life abroad. In his final report, Bill Hamilton considers what the future holds for Albania.

 The BBC's Bill Hamilton reports

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