The first time I see Omar Almasri, he is lying on the floor at the refugee reception centre in Sid, a Serbian city on the border with Croatia. He is too weak to speak to me.
CARE International has been working in the Balkans since 1993. After providing humanitarian aid for victims of war and refugees, CARE now seeks to help build sustainable peace and development in the region. Programs support economic activities on regional levels, peace and reconciliation efforts, integration of minorities and the creation of opportunities for young people.
CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to help lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty.
BELGRADE/SERBIAN-CROATIAN BORDER (Oct. 21, 2015) — The situation is deteriorating rapidly for refugees and migrants in the Balkans.
Experiencing, witnessing and perpetrating violence is an all too common reality for boys growing up in this post-conflict environment, which is still marred by the violent breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the late 1990s and early 2000s.