Zorica, Marijan and Marineta Selimović, Vranje, May 2012
The Selimović family are native to Vranje. They live in the Stara Čaršija (Old Town) district, in the house that Marijan and Zorica built in 1994, after they returned from Germany, having lived there as refugees since 1991. Marineta was born during their stay in Germany. Marijan and Zorica’s son Fabijan is still living in Germany, where he got married and has a young son, named Marijan. Zorica Selimović has been out of work for years, due to poor health. Marijan is a travelling musician and performs around Serbia and Bosnia. Neither one of them have any formal work experience, social or health insurance. Their daughter Marineta is still living with them. She finished primary school but had to leave high school during the first year, when Zorica became ill.
Fabijan, Hajam, Germany, 1994
Zorica and Marijan’s son Fabijan was three months old when the family left for Germany. The Selimović family spent three years living as refugees in the city of Hajam. Along with their children, Zorica and Marijan lived in a single room, received welfare, and felt happy. In 1994, they went back to Serbia, to be with Marijan’s parents. By the mid-1990s, all of Zorica’s family returned to Serbia as well.