Dino is 41 years old. He has been working for the U.S. Catholic Relief Services Foundation, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a humanitarian work organization, for 17 years. His job is not simple. He deals with the sufferings of others; the job is about helping people who are endangered, whether they are poor, refugees, or others.
What Dino would like to see in the future of Serbia is a revived sense of belonging to the country. “I’d like this place to be a melting pot. We cannot all be Serbs, but we can be citizens of the Republic of Serbia. I think that at some point everyone will start to perceive the country as their own. It’s something that’s supposed to be realistic to expect, because we’re heading towards European integration. Maybe we do not have to become a part of the European union, but we can take some of its values. This means that everyone is respected the same way, and everyone has access to what they need.”
Dino’s positive image of Serbia is its people. “The good thing about Serbia is the high-quality people which continue to be raised in this country, it doesn’t matter what generation they belong to, they are still being raised, and you can see this everywhere. Also, we have a sense of empathy and solidarity towards people who have difficulty. This can be seen not only towards refugees, but also in the “goodness hooks” where people hang clothes or food for our fellow citizens who cannot afford it. People are starting to come out of their boxes and think about more than just themselves. That’s what I really like, and it’s very positive.”
Like many other intellectuals, Dino is aware of the problem that Serbia has in the emigration of young talent. “This small area, the former Yugoslavia, and Serbia as a part of it, breeds quality people. Those people are not valued here. They are not awarded properly and are very often forgotten. And what happens then? We have a huge outflow of people who are simply trying to find ways provide for themselves. What makes me sad is that quality may be recognized here, but not rewarded. Also, emotions come before rationality here. People find it difficult to understand and accept diversity. This country has been isolated for a large number of years, and we all know what happens when you organize yourself in isolation. Many things happening here that make the situation very depressing, is a product of something called sanctions. They did have some positive effects, but they also had many major negative effects and caused enormous damage over a long period of time.
Dino gives his best at what he does. He invests all his energy, knowledge and skills to do what is best and what is useful to both the society and to himself as well.