The Beriša Family, Belgrade, October 2011
Agim Beriša left Kosovo and moved to Belgrade with his parents in 1971, “looking for a better life”. Hava Coli came to Belgrade from Djakovica to marry Agim in 1978. Agim and Hava have 13 children and more than 20 grandchildren. Agim finished primary school in Belgrade and occasionally had a job, but never long enough to qualify for a pension. Hava never went to school or learned to read or write. At one point in the early 1990s that witnessed numerous attacks against the Roma minority in Belgrade, Agim received heavy injuries to the head, when a group of youths started throwing rocks at him. He has been unable to work ever since. Welfare is the only source of regular income that the family now have. The Beriša family lives in the suburb of Mali Leskovac in Karaburma, on the east side of Belgrade.
Agim during his army service, Pula, 1982