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Written by Pandeli Bardhi 23 Qershor 2022
handing over the war relay to the “Gora” Çeta and the brave war captains, Teki Kolaneci. Bajram Tresova, Shaban Zereci and tens of hundreds of others who became the symbol of freedom and independence. There has been much talk about the wars and efforts of the inhabitants of this area, Mokër, Gora and Opar, from the Ottoman occupation until the end. of the National Liberation War. But this time we will talk about "Shote Galica" of Mokra, Gora and Opar, not so much heard until today as Kaçe Starova (Babieni), wife of Captain Kajo Babieni. Shote and Azem Galica, are very well known to the public for the fight they have made for the protection of Albanian lands, for the freedom and independence of Albania. But, Kaçe Starova and Kajo Babieni are not behind them in the Mokër, Gora and Opar areas. Both have the same activity, the same goals and sacrifices for the protection of great national interests, as their colleagues in the North of Albania. for which they sacrificed their lives. When we talk about the brave fighter Azem Galica, we do not take him apart from his wife Shote Galica. Even when we talk about Kajo Ibrahim Zere (Babieni), the brave and warlike Gorani Captain, we would be half-hearted if we took him apart from his wife Kaçe Starova (Babieni). Twice the fighter Azem Galica was imprisoned and twice he escaped from the prison where he was being held in Mitrovica and again he escaped together with his dancers and then the Kachaks came out. After returning, he went to Klina i Poshtme where he met with Shote Galica's parents, where they decided to get married. Shote Galica, was the sister of 6 brothers. She married Azem Galica in 1915. In 1919 Shota took part in the Dukagjini and Junik Uprisings in 1921–1923. In 1925 after the death of her husband, Azem Galica, she took over his duty and fought together with Bajram Curri in Has of Prizren and Lume. Shote Galica was a virtual legend in its time. Captain Kajo Babieni's uncle's Shahin Matraku, at the age of 20, was also imprisoned and after 5 years, in 1860, he was released from prison and left for the mountains. Shote and Azem Galica and Kace Kajo Babieni have the same stories. Kace Starova (Babieni) after the death of her husband Kajos, in 1923 in Gora at the age of 80, would continue her struggle until she passed away at the age of 76 years. She is remembered for saying "Life without knowledge is like a war without weapons". It was the time when the Turks sentenced to severe imprisonment those Albanians who published or lectured in the Albanian language. Kaçe Starova, was the descendant of brave Albanian women from antiquity to the present day .. We remember Queen Teuta, classified as one of the ten strongest brave women of the time .. We remember the brave woman of King Olympus, we remember Argjiro, the woman famous Elena Gjika (Dora D'Istria), a publicist, writer, ethnologist and researcher, who was thrown from the Castle together with her son to avoid falling into the hands of the Turks, is ranked among the ten most intellectual women of the time. 1867, receives in Athens the medal "Honorary Citizen" title that at that time, before it was held only by Lord Byron. Walking in the footsteps of women in the time of Sparta, when women were also comrades-in-arms of men, even in the Malsi Mountains and the mountains of Gora and Opar, women were comrades-in-arms with men. This is how the captains of Mokra, Gora and Opar fought so that this Province and these "rebel" inhabitants of the "Castles" Mountain, would become the grave of the invaders. "O Captain, today not only women weep for you, but all the Kazakhs weep for you", cried the women of Mokra, the Captains who fell in battle .. Shote Galica, ignoring the terror of the enemy and the strict laws of religion and canon fought heroically for 12 years against the Serbian occupiers. So did Kaçe Starova (Babieni), fight side by side with her husband. But who is "Azemi" of Gora, Kajo Babieni ?. Kajo Babieni, was born in Babien i Gora in 1843 and at the age of 15 became a komit, a member of his uncle Shahin Matraku's Çeta from Proptisht born in 1835 and treacherously killed in 1900 in an attempt on Dry Mountain. In 1873, at the age of thirty, Kajo married and ten years later his wife passed away without leaving any children. Coming out of Shahin Matrak's "war school", Kajo Babieni became legendary as his uncle. Kajo Babieni with his combat squad took the road to Vlora to become the guardian of the forces that defended the independence of Albania. In addition to the gang fighters, kajo Babien was accompanied by his wife Kaçe Starova. The captains of Gora are such that, if you could put them on a panel, I do not know who to put in charge: Xhelo Selca, Kajo Babienin, Koçi Plovishtin, Ismail Dërdusa, Feim Zboqi, Cane Lozhani, Feta Gocen, Pasho Koloneci, etc., etc., but this is another topic. He was born in Starovo of Pogradec in 1858 in a large and famous family. Her name would become a symbol for our national memory. Kaçe, whose name symbolizes a beautiful flower, was lucky enough to be Kajo Babien's wife. It seems unbelievable, but it is true that Kaçja did not go to the wedding with a duvak bride, but went straight to the mountains, where her husband was fighting. He was only 27 years old when Kaçe Starova, married Kajo Babien in 1885, at the age of 27 and instead of the bride's dress, wore the warrior's clothes, strapped the weapon to the belt and the necklace with bullets. It was a rare and unusual thing at that time, in this area of ??these Mountains to see a committee in the squad with the clothes of a warrior to fight for Vatan and Kacja, as the committee very quickly took over and became known in Mokër, Starovo, Gora, Opar and Korca .. It went down in history as an immortal monument of glory, endurance, emancipation and bravery. She bravely faced old habits, rumors and evils. With her life and work in the fight against the invaders alongside her husband she not only defeated the old habits, but also managed to weave songs that highlighted her courage and bravery. The history of the anti-Turkish rebellion also recognizes Kachak committees such as Kache Starova, although rare at a time nowhere else in the world. “My husband, Kajo Babienin, I first love him as a fighter who fights for the liberation of Albanian lands from the Turkish occupiers .. "she would say in front of the" krushqs "who were members of Kajo Babien's gang. "You got a good bride," said the gang members to Kajo Babien. From that year, the life of Kaça became the life of the mountains. The mountains of Gora, the rooms of Churches and Tekkes, were the "inns" of the Babieni couple, as the villagers used to say, the apartments of the Gorars and Mokras were the apartments of the warrior couple. The battles, from Mali i Thatë to Shipckë, Llëngë, Podgozhan, etc., were also the apartments of the Babieni couple .. ”Victory can be achieved only by joining, said Captain Kajo Babieni, not by being alone ..! For this, the gangs of Kajo Babien and Mokra joined in Podgozhan, in the Patriotic Club of Mokra, in the shop of Jani Bitro, on the second floor, base of the patriots. Ceta Commander Kajo Babien and Kaçe, his husband were received by the first teacher of the village Stefan Gegprifti and the Chief of the village Kola Silo. On July 28, 1912, both Gora and Mokra squads, with more than 600 fighters, attacked Pogradec. In that attack, Kaçja, as the first fighter of the squads, fought with rare bravery and was distinguished as a worthy fighter, thus gaining the admiration of the people of Pogradec. When the Greek forces, which were besieging Pogradec, saw that he had fallen into the hands of Kajo Babien, they made plans to physically annihilate Kajo and his wife, Kaçe. In 1913, numerous Greek forces surrounded Kajo Babien in his village Babien ,. After six hours of fighting, Kajo and Kaçe Babieni, they could break the siege, and in retaliation the Greeks would burn down his house. "O Kajo, tall man / You clothed women / You fought day and night .., the people would sing to them .. On April 2, 1914, Kajo Babieni, saves the school together with the teacher Sevasti Qiriazi, from the fire they set the Greek andartes. Kace Starova (Babieeni) passed away in 1934 at the age of 76. The name Kace is the name of a beautiful flower, the flower remained on the side of Captain Kajo Babieni, the flower remained in the communication with the patriots and fighters and the inhabitants of the Pogradec, Gora and Opar area. Kaçe Starova, left no descendants, but left a Great Name. She left behind traces of bravery,