Sharing Stories Across Borders with Marko Drobnjakovic
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Marko Drobnjakovic (@xmd101) has his #EyesOn a brutal winter and a tide of refugees making their way into his native city of Belgrade, Serbia. For the 37-year-old photojournalist, this is another chapter in a journey he has traced from places like war-torn Iraq, the shores of Greece and across the Balkans. “They risked their lives, crossing the water in unseaworthy dinghies,” Marko says of the refugees he has met over the years. “They spent their life-savings to get from one border to the next, and they were often forced to put their destinies in the hands of ruthless human traffickers. They hid in cornfields to avoid police patrols, while carrying their children in their arms.”
For Marko, the fallout from fractured states rings familiar: “The breakup of Yugoslavia, once my homeland — the mythical country that could have been but never was — has shaped my life. Back then, I was neither child nor man, but I was reduced to the role of a bystander, helpless to stop it or change it.”