Bosnia and Herzegovina

"Never lose hope and always follow your dreams"

Mehrdad has been decorating the walls of Temporary Reception Center Bira since March 2019, making them come to life with graffiti and paintings, giving beauty and colour to the facility that is now shelter for him and more than 1500 other persons.


Mehrdad Aziz was a welder in his home country Iran. He was able to make a decent living, however the situation in the country influenced his decision to leave. His journey led him to Serbia and then he crossed the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina near Zvornik. Along with 10 friend he reached Bihać. Mehrdad has been accommodated in Temporary Reception Center Bira for 18 months now. Being alone in Bihac, he often reflects on his family members that remained in Iran - his mother, brothers and sisters

People in Bosnia and Herzegovina are good people, they often help us, even if it is only with the smile they give us and make our day. I dream of a life in England, that is my desired destination. My friends await me there and I hope that we will see each other soon.

Mehrdad Aziz

Choose love! Mehrdad Aziz creation is part of DRC Danish Refugee Councils "Human Beeing. Being Human." concept

Mehrdad has already been in the game* 24 times. Every time, the Border police in Croatia would catch a group of migrants along with him, and return them to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“My attempts to cross the border towards European Union have been unsuccessful and full of negative experiences with the Border police, but I am not giving up! Each time they would confiscate our mobile phones and take the money that we had on us. They often assaulted us physically, forced us to go back to Bosnia through a cold river or to walk through the woods without shoes. This meant that we came back to camps in Bihać with injured feet, smeared with scratches and cuts, and sometimes frozen to the bones”, emphasised Mehrdad.

After each game, Mehrdad went back to TRC Bira, where he received medical care for the injuries he had sustained. As he explains, the medical teams in the camp are professional and full of understanding for what the migrants are going through.

Mehrdad has been decorating the walls of TRC Bira since March 2019, making them come to life with graffiti and paintings, giving beauty and colour to the facility that is now shelter for him and more than 1500 other persons. He says that the best part of his days is exactly that – discovering his talent for the arts, which helps him to overcome more easily the tough situations that befall him.

Never lose hope and always follow your dreams. I know that I will, no matter the obstacles, because somewhere out there the happiness awaits me.

Mehrdad Aziz

*Game – an expression for clandestine border crossing, commonly used among the migrant population. Crossing the border to them is like a game in which they have a 50% chance to cross, and 50% to fail.

DRC Danish Refugee Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina

DRC Danish Refugee Council supports the provision of Health Care in Reception Centers in Bosnia and Herzegovina for more some 4000 asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in cooperation with national health institutions: Primary Health Centers, Hospitals and Clinical Centers, through funding provided by European Commission Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).

Medical Teams of doctors and nurses from the local PHCs provide daily care to men, women and children, supported through provision of medication and ensured referral pathways for secondary health care services. Every day, they provide care and assistance for many of them who return to the centers with difficult health conditions, injuries and deteriorating mental health, after the failed attempts to continued their journeys.

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