Replanting Hope in the Flood Plains of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Long lines of light grey clouds almost completely cover the sky above the small town of Srebrenik. The air is heavy and dry; giving the impression it is about to pour down at any minute. “People here still live in fear of heavy rains“, says Senad Hasić, one of the inhabitants. The deep fear stems…

No One Wants To Be a Refugee – I know, I Used to Be One Too

I hated being called a refugee. I felt like my whole identity was put into that one sad word. So as I stood at the entrance of the city park in Belgrade earlier this week with my team from World Vision, I watched them trying to find a place to sleep on wooden benches, flimsy…

Belgrade Provides a Short Rest for Refugees

“Everything got destroyed in Syria. War. Horrible war,” says Fadi, a physics professor from Syria, as he sits on a thin blanket in a park in the Serbian capital, Belgrade. The sky is almost completely covered in gray clouds and it seems like the rain is about to start any minute. If it does, Fadi…

Tito’s Nuclear Bunker Awaits Rebirth as Gallery

  A group of Balkan artists aim to turn one of the world’s most expensive military facilities – the former Yugoslav leader’s hidden bunker – into one of Europe’s most thought-provoking art venues. Artists from the Balkans may be short of money. But they are not lacking in imagination if their plans to turn a…

No Home To Return To

Tiny rooms with two beds and closet, lit with white neon lights on army base near city of Tuzla are now home for 92 people who lost everything in record-breaking floods that hit Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Armina, a 17-month-old, will never remember the home her family so lovingly built. Her childhood could be defined by…

Rebuilding Cultural Bridges Takes Time in Divided Mostar

Rather than testifying to the city’s love of the stage, Mostar’s two theaters serve as one of many examples of the city’s deep ethnic divisions. Although still advertised as a place where East meets West, Mostar has largely lost its cosmopolitan aura, as nearly all aspects of life in this southwest Bosnian city succumb to…

The Last Mountain Village in Bosnia

Set high on a remote mountainside, inaccessible for most of the year, the villagers of Lukomir, continue to live life much as their forebears did for centuries before them. Some places are like time machines. They take you back to long forgotten times when everything was much simpler, but harder. They erase the city noise…

How Soon Will Change Come for Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Violence; in all its guises is not an uncommon experience for women in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have witnessed it many times during various trips when I worked as a journalist or just traveled around.  There are women who suffer violence. “Oh, she is so going to get beaten now!”  the older woman tells me…