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For this year World Refugee Day, International Aid Network - IAN organised an exhibition of artistic photos with the subject "Courage is crossing borders". The exhibition was set up on the 20th of June in Knez Mihajlova Street.

By organising this open-air event in the main pedestrian street in Belgrade we wanted to draw attention of the wider public to the plight of refugees, celebrate their courage and resilience, and renew commitment to solving refugee problems. 




Through the photos depicting life in three post war societies - Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian - we intended to point to regional dimension of refugee problems and thus emphasising the need for seeking a solution on the regional level. IAN volunteers, wearing specially designed T-shirts with the World Refugee Day logo, distributed materials designed to raise awareness of general public on refugee issues.


Organisation of this exhibition was supported by the Serbian Refugee Council and UNHCR.

IAN also participated in the exhibition of photos related to refugees arranged by UNHCR in the Servantes Institute.

According to the last census conducted in January 2005, Serbia and Montenegro host around 140.000 refugees from Croatia and BiH and over 200.000 internally displaced persons from Kosovo.


Even more than ten years after they were forced to flee their homes, ten years after they lost their dearest ones, friends, job and property, many of them still struggle for exercising the right to return to their houses, they struggle for a dignified life in a new environment, they fight for their right to be equal members of a society no matter which town and state they find their home in.


"... Leaving behind everything that is familiar, everything that is dear, refugees face an uncertain future in unfamiliar surroundings. Imagine the courage it takes to face the prospect of months, years, or possibly even a lifetime, in exile.

And yet -- against all odds -- refugees refuse to give up hope ..."

Antonio Guterres
UN High Commissioner for Refugees



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