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Zhelevo is a village located in the Lerin region of Aegean Macedonia. After the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913, Macedonia was partitioned among Serbia, Greece and Bulgaria. A small part of Macedonia was given to Albania in 1919. These regions are known as the Republic of Macedonia (independent since 1991), Aegean Macedonia (presently within the borders of Greece), Pirin Macedonia (within the borders of Bulgaria), and Mala Prespa and Golo Brdo (within the borders of Albania).

Each country tried to eradicate the existence of Macedonia and the Macedonian people through intense propaganda campaigns, forced assimilation, and population exchanges. Greece and Bulgaria continue to deny the existence of their large Macedonian minorities to this day and refuse to grant them human rights. However, the Macedonians in all parts of Macedonia have become more vocal in their demands for their fundamental human rights. For instance, when travelling through the village of Zhelevo, one can hear Macedonian music blaring from the cafes and homes when only ten years ago, one might have only heard whispers.

This website is dedicated to the people of Zhelevo, its proud history, and in particular, my father, who inspired me to work for the Macedonian cause and the achievement of human rights for Macedonians everywhere.

Bill Nicholov
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