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Selected by Diederik Meijer on October 8, 2010

Photographer Erik Messori: The Kanun is a set of laws used mostly in northern Albania and Kosovo. Some of the most infamous rules specified how murder was supposed to be handled, and it often led to blood feuds that lasted until all the men of the two involved families were killed. In some parts of the country, the Kanun resembles the Italian vendetta. These rules have recently resurfaced in northern Albania, since people have no faith in the powerless local government and police. If a family is under Kanun code means that all men, including relatives, can’t go out until feud is close.