I filmed a video for AJ+ about Ramadan in Sarajevo (published on July 3, 2016):
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Syrian refugees trek to Croatia from Serbia
Since the start of the refugee crisis over 110,000 refugees have crossed into Croatia from Serbia.
Middle East Eye’s Mersiha Gadzo traveled to the Serbian-Croatian border (Opatovac, Croatia and Šid, Serbia) to ask the refugees about their worries, hopes, dreams and what message they’d like to send to the world.
International volunteers help refugees at Serbian-Croatian border
Berkasovo, Serbia- They sleep in damp tents in muddy fields and only get about four hours of sleep.
This might not sound like an ideal way to spend free time, but for this group of volunteers from the Czech Republic and Poland, they say it’s worth it.
In weeks when tensions have flared up between countries and various institutions have failed, it’s ordinary volunteers that are helping the thousands of refugees arriving from Serbia to cross into Croatia safely.
Since the start of the refugee crisis over 110,000 refugees have made their way into Croatia.
The young volunteers- some of which have spent three weeks volunteering at the border- shared their stories and concerns with The Middle East Eyes Messiah Gadzo.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/78016430″>Ramadan in Sarajevo</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user20891269″>Mersiha Gadzo</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
I filmed and edited vox pops for the Middle East Eye in August 2014 after the presidential elections:
Turks speak out about the choice of Erdogan to be the first democratically elected President of Turkey
On 10 August, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected President with a majority of 52 per cent of votes despite having endured a turbulent year mired in controversy and a corruption scandal.
Over 20 million Turkish citizens cast their ballots for Erdogan, chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), who will start his five-year term on 28 August 2014, further extending his 12 years in power.
This is the first time in Turkey’s history that the president will have been elected by the people, instead of by parliament due to a referendum in 2007.
Coming in second with 38 per cent of votes was Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, an independent and the preferred candidate among secular Turks. Selahattin Demirtas, of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party was the final candidate who gathered 10 per cent of votes.
Middle East Eye went out to the streets of Istanbul to ask Turks how they felt about Erdogan’s victory and what problems they think their country faces.