In this section, we want to bring awareness through visual documentation. Most of these images speak for themselves. Take your time to study the people, their surroundings and to touch their souls.
As we go forward in our mission we will continue to document the people, their lifestyle, their conditions and, whenever possible, capture some of the joy that these people can find in their lives while having nowhere to live.
Stranded Unaccompanied Minors in Serbia
In January 2017, and for the following three months, our team was in Serbia documenting and collecting stories of unaccompanied minors. During this period, we built close contacts with the refugees, we worked on the ground with volunteers from Serbia and other countries, and we visited local and international organizations.
While there, we saw that the main issues these children were facing, above and beyond being stranded, disconnected from their families, and on their own, were the lack of medical attention, inadequate clothing and footwear, and the lack of hygienic materials.
Most importantly, these children were suffering from trauma and depression—caused either by events in their home countries, the traumatic journeys they embarked upon, which brought them to their current location, or by being stranded indefinitely.
We hope that through your donations to this project, we can provide proper ways in which to help these unaccompanied minors with their everyday needs, such as food, clothing and personal hygiene products, as well as to help them find ways and services to cope with their trauma. By having already spent several months on ground earlier this year, we have established the necessary information, knowledge and tools to make this happen.
On an individual level, and with our limited personal resources, we have already been able to help several people with clothing, shoes, and medicine. However, we recognize that we, as individuals, cannot help everybody, and this is the purpose of our foundation. Through our photographs, we endeavor to shed light on this issue, and in so doing we hope that the voices and needs of these children will be heard.
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After fleeing war and hardship at home, unaccompanied young refugees are stuck in Serbia, dreaming of a Europe that doesn’t want them. Read and see here the full story about the unaccompanied refugee minors stranded in Serbia by Muhammed Muheisen for National Geographic.
Pictured here is Delagha, an 8-year-old unaccompanied refugee from Afghanistan, he sleeps on a bunk bed at a “one stop center” where he and other refugees have taken refuge near the Croatian border in Serbia. Delagha traveled 4,000 miles from his home in Afghanistan. He hopes to settle in France because: “there is peace in France,” although he sometimes wishes he could go back home: “I am sad here”.