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…

Up! Up! in Dubai

I was standing in a basket floating above the Dubai desert trying not to think that I was in the basket floating above the Dubai desert. I was scared and the incredible, eerie silence around me just emphasized that feeling. “There is a thick fog at the take off site, so we will probably have…

REPORT: Western Balkans Refugee Response

This report provides a brief overview of World Vision’s work in Serbia during the Western Balkans Refugee Response from September 2015 to July 2016. Click here to access it.

CAMPAIGN: Where Are The Children?

In 2016,  I came up with an idea of an advocacy campaign ahead of local elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The campaign played with the election motto of various political parties putting children rights in focus and asking the question: Where are the children?  Campaign advocated for three issues: 1) it asked media to be…

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 Cold…

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…