2014 International Roma Day came and passed on the 8th of April leaving the statistics about Roma people almost the same as they were a year ago.
The living conditions of Roma people in Serbia have been improved in the areas of education and health, while the mere living conditions, employment and the number of literate people is in the same state as it has been for years. Far from satisfying.
Serbian National Council for Roma has warned that 95% of Roma are unemployed. While 160 out of 760 Roma settlements in Serbia are non-hygienic.
Among the gloomy figures and statistic, here is a story about two ambitious, extraordinary young Serbian Roma, trying to leave their ordinary lives despite poverty, discrimination and the lack of care from those supposed to help them.
This documentary was made as part of my master thesis while studying at The University of Westminster. It is supported by One World Media, Your World View and Beyond Your World.
Roma people in general live 10 years less than average citizens.
Only one in ten Roma children finishes primary school.
How far are the UK and Egypt?
What Egyptians miss the most while studying in the UK?
The new episode of “Culture Shock” answers these and many more questions concerning international students in London.
A report for Serbian news magazine “Vreme” on political atmosphere in the UK after Romanians and Bulgarians gained the right to work in the EU.
(Only available in Serbian)
One of the most prominent Serbian female journalist Danica Vucenic, described by many as a Serbian female version of British Stephen Sackur, recently visited London where I talked to her about the state of journalism in Serbia.
We talked about the main problems and strengths of media practice in Serbia, how was it meeting Stephen Sackur, the anchor of BBC “Hard Talk” show at BBC Broadcasting House, etc.
Danica Vucenic is considered one of the top female journalist, not only in Serbia, but in the whole Balkans region. She is famous for her straightforward interviewing style. Danica has been working for years at the national RTV B92 as an author and anchor of a radio-television political talk show “Forefinger” (“Kaziprst”). She is now an author and anchor of a political talk show “One on One” (“Jedan na medan”) on RT Vojvodina.
One of the very first posts I wrote on this blog was “Serbia-Where On Earth is That?”, where I talked about this tiny European country that not many know about, except from tennis lovers, to whom Novak Djokovic would ring a bell and who would actually know where Serbia is.
I am not going to talk about Serbia in general again, nor am I going to try to explain what was happening in Serbia during the ’90s, or what is it like to live there nowadays.
This is a story about Serbian high professionals who live and work in the UK.
It might surprise you, but there are many of them. From Milica Delevic, a deputy secretary general at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to many others, including doctors, IT professionals, theatre directors etc.
Serbian City Club is a professional organisation that connects them all. I was happy to meet some of them and here is who these people are, what they do and how is it being Serbian in the UK.
Meet Dajana Grujic, a writer
Meet Maja Milatovic-Ovadia, a theatre director
Meet Aleksandra Filipovic, a researcher at Imperial College London
Serbian PM Ivica Dacic visited London last week to open the first ever Serbian Investment Day in London.
A report for Serbian news magazine “Vreme” can be found here. (only available in Serbian)