15 images Created 13 Jan 2019
Early Winter in Belgrade
A pre-Christmas (Christmas Day is celebrated on January 7 in Serbia) snowfall in Belgrade not only brings the city to a grinding halt, but also serves a reminder of how difficult life can be in this part of Europe. Almost a quarter century since the end of the war in Bosnia and twenty years after the Kosovo conflict and NATO bombing, there is still much soul searching happening against the backdrop of perpetual economic hardship, corruption, media control and popular protests, as well as high-end high-rise development in a city with poverty, inequality and crumbling infrastructure. Mostly, though, it is about each day as a new struggle for survival, with people rushing to take care of the pressing problems of today through the decaying cityscapes as constant reminders of the recent past.