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Special Issue - June 21, 2009

The realities of displaced children’s lives in Serbia and challenges for research (part 1)

Jessie Crawford

Despite rising numbers of displaced children globally, relatively little is known about their experiences from their own points of view. This paper describes 'displaced' children's everyday lives, by reporting on a small-scale scoping study that explores children's lived experiences of prolonged displacement in Serbia from a sociology and anthropology of childhood perspective. The paper draws upon data gathered using a number of creative methods with 16 children aged between 7 and 16 living in two settlements in Serbia for people who have been forced to leave Kosovo. The research findings show how displaced children can offer valid insights into their lives, including the social injustices they experience, as well as solutions to their problems. It also brings to the fore the diversity and complexity of displaced children's lives and experiences.