A freelance journalist living between Roma, Italy and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have worked with The Guardian, Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) Sarajevo, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Media Centar Sarajevo. I currently contribute to Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Euronews and Atlas Obscura.
Željko Perić from Bijeljina, an information technology student at Slobomir University, the largest private university in Bosnian and Herzegovina, pays 4,000 KM a year in tuition because of the hands-on experience on modern equipment the school promises students. But the junior doesn’t know if the diploma he expects to earn in about a year will help him get a job or even be recognized by BiH authorities.
With disease on the rise, citizens suffer because of an unorganized health care system.
Rome’s Maam gallery exhibits artists from all over the world, who often incorporate the site’s previous use as a slaughterhouse into their work, or are inspired by the lives of its residents.
Albanian communist leader Enver Hoxha commissioned the construction of 173,371 bunkers between 1975 and 1983, they are now being used as restaurants, museums, tattoo studios and wine canteens.
“You whore!” “I will kill you!” “Die!” These have become some of the most common words broadcast during prime time on numerous Bosnian TV stations over the last year, ever since reality shows have, as with so many places, become the most dominant programs on many media outlets in Bosnia and Herzegovina. But while many viewers enjoy them, some of them have raised concerns about their content due to their frequent outbreaks into violence and hate speech.
Like many other young men of his age, 27-year-old Tomáš Pik enjoys going out with his friends and meeting girls. But having sex is more complicated. Friedreich’s ataxia, a rare neurological disease that causes movement problems, has confined him to a wheelchair for the past six years ago. Despite his lust for life, girls turn him down and prostitutes have hesitated to have sex with him. That is why he joined the Right to Sex initiative, which promotes sexual assistance for people with disabilities in the Czech Republic.
Local activist Redzo Seferovic filed a lawsuit for discrimination against a café owner in his hometown of Zavidovici, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who kicked him out due to his ethnicity. However, two separate BiH courts, municipal and cantonal, dismissed the charges on the basis that discrimination could not be proved.
Since 2011, the No Cash Day initiative in Italy has called for citizens to cast out their coins and pay by plastic. But in a country notoriously distrusting of electronic payments, is life with a bankcard even possible?
Under the platforms of Rome's largest station, the hum of commuter traffic gives way to a different kind of sound. The Termini Underground dance studio helps integrate migrants into Italian society through hip-hop and breakdancing. While departing trains might shake the walls of the studio, it's the performers who shake it out on the floor.