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…

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…

Disabled Veterans Feel Forgotten in Bosnia

New law on war invalids promises little change for thousands of ex-fighters who eke out a pitiful existence on minute pensions. Halil Buric proudly shows off black-and-white photographs of himself waving excitedly from the top of Mont Blanc, which he says he climbed six times. One reason why he is so proud of these shots…