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'Heroinat' is the Albanian word for Heroines, and is the name of this poignant sculpture by artist Ilir Blakηori, that stands in a public park opposite the 'Newborn' structure. Each nail bears the same image of the woman depicted here. The statue commemorates the women who suffered during the Kosovo War and the rather unsavoury topic of rape in wartime by Serbian soldiers. 92% of the population of Kosovo are of Albanian ethnicity. The statue was built because all prior statues only celebrated male wartime Kosovan heroes. More info here: https://competition.adesignaward.com/design.php?ID=33265

The 20,000 nails represent the estimated number of women who were raped. The statue was opened in 2013. There was solar glare at right and the tight crop eliminated it.

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