HELL IS ROUND THE CORNER
Since 2014. over a million of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan passed through Belgrade, trying to reach new life in some of EU countries. They passed so called “Balkan route”, including Greece, Macedonia and Serbia. In the summer of 2015. Hungarian border police put the iron fence over the border in attend to stop refugees. They succeeded in that. But, couple of thousands stayed in Serbia. Among them, over a thousand tried to cross the border on their own. They refuse to stay in the camps, already overbooked by the refugees. Most of them squatted three abandoned warehouses in the central area of Belgrade, place once upon a time called Savamala, nowdays place of future Belgrade Waterfont. They organized their life in ruined facilities, in a very poor and dehumanized conditions. During the past winter, after the first snow, hell of the place shows its real face.
This is the story about them, about three months of suffering and struggle to help them and spreading the word worldwide, showing conditions they live in. I took first photos in November of 2016. Since I uploaded them on my Facebook profile, photos became viral and shared as an album over a 1800 times. Reactions were emotional. In a short period of time, a large number of activists, lead by those photos, came from all over the Europe to help refugees in Belgrade. Photographs were published in various printed and online media all over the Europe and social media groups, showed at various group and solo exhibitions in Belgrade, Thessaloniki, Athens, London, Berlin, Milano, Brussels, Lisbon, Valladolid and European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, as a great finale. And still waiting to be shown in future. This story is reminder on how life can be hard and how freedom may became legendary. And how individuals with empathy from all over the Europe can be united in humanity.