Refugee Life in a warehouse in Belgrade



In the winter of 2016 to 2017, for a few months. About 1,500 men, mostly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, were living in January 2017 in disused warehouses next to Belgrade’s Central Station. In spite of the low temperatures of the city, reaching until -16ºC, this group of migrants stayed to live in these barracks for fear of being deported if they went to official camps of the Serbian Government.

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In the evening they gather by the fire, making dinner, drinking tea, and try to get warm as I can because the temperature is below zero, Belgrade, January 2017.

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In the evening they gather by the fire, making dinner, drinking tea, and try to get warm as I can because the temperature is below zero, Belgrade, January 2017.

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Awakening refugees in an abandoned warehouse, Belgrade, November 2016.

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Awakening refugees in an abandoned warehouse, Belgrade, November 2016.

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Early morning in the warehouse, refugees are sleeping with each other to keep them warm, Belgrade, November 2016.

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Early morning in the warehouse, refugees are sleeping with each other to keep them warm, Belgrade, November 2016.

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Faisal Khan is a boy from Afghanistan, Logar city. He is 15 years old and he walked with friends from Afghanistan to Belgrade, but he wants to go to France for a better life. His dream is to live in France, study biology and become a doctor, Belgrade, November 2016.

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Faisal Khan is a boy from Afghanistan, Logar city. He is 15 years old and he walked with friends from Afghanistan to Belgrade, but he wants to go to France for a better life. His dream is to live in France, study biology and become a doctor, Belgrade, November 2016.

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Refugees trying to keep warm and to have fun to play football in an abandoned warehouse, Belgrade, January 2017.

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Refugees trying to keep warm and to have fun to play football in an abandoned warehouse, Belgrade, January 2017.

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Showering at very low temperatures and in very bad conditions, migrants showering every day in this place so that heat water in a barrel, Belgrade, January 2017. 

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Showering at very low temperatures and in very bad conditions, migrants showering every day in this place so that heat water in a barrel, Belgrade, January 2017. 

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A refugee has a prayer at afternoon in a warehouse, Belgrade, November 2016.

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A refugee has a prayer at afternoon in a warehouse, Belgrade, November 2016.

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About 250 migrants have left the warehouse since the Serbian government provides 250 seats for them in Obrenovac, Belgrade, January 2017.

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About 250 migrants have left the warehouse since the Serbian government provides 250 seats for them in Obrenovac, Belgrade, January 2017.

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Riaz Safi is 14 years old, and my life has been implementing for several months in an abandoned warehouse with his friends while waiting to open the border for the European Union, Belgrade, January 2017. 

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Riaz Safi is 14 years old, and my life has been implementing for several months in an abandoned warehouse with his friends while waiting to open the border for the European Union, Belgrade, January 2017. 

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vladimir zivojinovic, photographer, photojurnalist, freelance, documentary
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The refugee standing and looking at his phone while in the background other refugees showers and heated by the fire, Belgrade, January 2017. 

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The refugee standing and looking at his phone while in the background other refugees showers and heated by the fire, Belgrade, January 2017. 

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The boy from Afghanistan carries the wood to the warehouse in order to maintain the fire and warm themselves, Belgrade, January 2017. 

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The boy from Afghanistan carries the wood to the warehouse in order to maintain the fire and warm themselves, Belgrade, January 2017. 

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Young Afghan migrants are having fun the evening by the fire, Belgrade, January 2017.  

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Young Afghan migrants are having fun the evening by the fire, Belgrade, January 2017.  

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