Refugees are all too common in the modern world. Rarely, however, do we see how they live. This Kosovar Albanian family, one of thousands who fled their homes in the conflict of the late 1990s, shared this small temporary shelter with three, sometimes four, other families. The photo shows in detail what it actually looks like to be a family living inside this heavy plastic shelter in the forests of Serbia and Montenegro. We see a neatly ordered interior, with folded blankets and bedding stored at the far end for use at bedtime. The branches create a halo effect around the mother as she tends to her children. We feel her strength, mirrored in her calm, reassuring face, determined to hold the family together.
Roger LeMoyne, “1998,” Twenty-five Years of Excellence in International Development Photography, accessed October 1, 2023, https://cida25th.omeka.net/items/show/17.