The future of Moglice Village
My first visit to Moglice village was in 2010, 5 years back. The village was a ruin, and there was barely any movement of people in it. The one building standing was the village school, with faded voices of children coming from inside.
Today the story is different. The village is louder and it no longer seems remote and forgotten on the side of the mountain. DHP’s Lot 3, a road passing through the village is waiting on asphalting. Cafes, restaurants, and a mini shopping centre have sprung up in the village centre. Children are playing on the street and immigrants have come back to fix their homes, with the hope to find a job once the Moglice HPP starts constructions.
We decide to stop at a coffee shop, which is now renovated and even up-graded to a restaurant. In 2010, this place was the only shop in the village, allowing guests to sit on cut tree trunks, as there were no chairs or tables available. The owner, nicknamed Xhili, saw our vehicle approaching and once we got off the vehicle, he was not very welcoming seeing our camera and photo devices.
After much struggle convincing him that we were not investigative journalist, but wanted to have a chat with him to see how much the village had changed, he offered us a can of coca cola and a shot glass of raki, (we politely refused the later) and sat down to chat with us.
Xhili explained- Moglice village used to have almost 2000 inhabitants before the 90’s. After the change of the regime a lot of people left the village, they settled in Korca , Tirana and some immigrated to Greece. Today- he states-, there is 420 people living here with nearly 200 emigrants retuning form Greece in the hope to find a job in the Moglice Hydropower Plant.
This project is changing our lives; it is a dream to us to only be 2 ½ hours’ drive from Tirana. I know- he states, – that the road is not finished yet, but what has started it will finish one day, and that gives us much hope.
After greeting Xhili we proceed to the next local cafe, an obvious competition now for Xhili’s restaurant. It is early afternoon and the café is empty, expect three young boys in their 20s cleaning up the tables and preparing for the af-ternoon shift. We set down to have a chat with them also, and it seems that digital age has set foot in Moglice as well, the three of them seemed very comfortable in front of the camera.
They all had different backgrounds, the oldest a 22 years old, worked in Greece as a baker and had returned to open his family bakery, located just behind the restaurant where we were sitting. The most talkative from the boys, a 24 year old, had come to Moglice after a failed attempt to find a job in the Banja HPP construction site. Originally from Gramsh, he was hoping to find work once Moglice HPP starts construction.
As we walked outside we saw some youngsters playing with a self-assembled toy which gave the impression of a push cart.
Three generations we met in a day’s work. All enthusiastic, in different ways, about the economic and employment opportunity that will come to Moglice once the HPP starts of construction.
Moglicë Village Today
Happy play in Moglice, April 2015
Moglice Village 2010