Many young, educated Albanians leave their homeland in search of a better life, and Vera intended to be no different until she met God.
Mynevere Saliu, more often called Vera by friends and family, was born into a Muslim Roma family in the city Peqin.
Even though she had been raised to respect Islamic traditions, Vera didn’t really believe in Allah. When she was able to finally leave for university, she couldn’t wait. She met up with a close friend there, but suddenly her friend started talking about Jesus. All this “religious talk” chafed Vera.
“I even told her, ‘You’re stupid to believe in a God you have never seen.’” Vera remembered. “But she wouldn’t stop talking about Jesus until one day when I finally told her, ‘If you like my company, stop talking to me about this Christ.'”