Walking around Belgrade
People who, when they fall, manage to get up, demonstrate a type of strength that generates the greatest of respect. The same thing happens with that conglomeration of people that we call society. Serbia is a country with such strength and Belgrade a city that managed to move me.
The Serbs lived in communism from the year 1943 to the year 1992, and only in the 20th century they went through 5 different wars: the I and II Balkan Wars, the I and II World War, and finally, the Yugoslav wars that lasted almost 10 years. During World War II the battles for Belgrade destroyed the city, and just a few years ago, in 2000, NATO bombed it again.
On the other hand, during the Yugoslav wars Serbia had one of the worst hyperinflations in the history of mankind, surpassing the German one of the years of the Great Depression. Walking through Belgrade is a roller coaster of emotions, you see some spectacular neoclassical buildings, then others from the communist era, from the post-communist era and some bombed. Talking to ordinary people I did not come across someone who did not miss the old Yugoslavia, the union with the capital in Belgrade, which lasted from 1918 to 1992 of what is today Montenegro, Macedonia, Slovenia, Serbia, Kosovo, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Yugoslav wars were the result of this disintegration and, like any war, a disaster for humanity.
Going back to the beginning. The photograph you see speaks of the new Serbia, the Serbia of the present, of an everyday moment without conflict. The photograph you see speaks of a country, a city, which, despite the vicissitudes, continues to walk.
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