As collectors of discarded goods for over 20 years, the members of the Salihović family are often seen as outcasts in their hometown of Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina. But this family of seven approaches their daily routine like any other family: they wake up early, plan their day, and organize themselves in preparation to perform their usual tasks.
This ongoing project entitled simply Mila started in 2014. Of the family’s five children (four daughters and a son), only Mila (real name Samila), regularly attends school. Just 11 years old when this project began, Mila has proven to be a brilliant problem solver. With her whole life ahead of her, it is uncertain how her story will unfold, but the project will continue to document her journey up until she finished her schooling.
The Salihovic family is a origin Muslim family from Bijeljina, provincial center of Semberija, a geographic region in the northeast Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their case, without a doubt, goes to show a problem that the world is sliding into with too much inertia: While this great world thrives, making every idea that comes to mind possible, the needs of ordinary people seems to be forgotten. Their story is always overlooked and, in the meantime, they continue their lives the only way they know how.
Just 11 years old when this when I met the family, Mila has proven to be a brilliant problem solver. During the period of primary school, where he showed interest in acting and sports ,football. All this gradually shaped Mila into the idea of finishing school and finding a job. After elementary school, she enrolled in a three-year Agricultural Technician school. She had a plan to go to plus one year in order to get a diploma in Food technician. Unfortunately, after here father’s death, emotionally for the whole family, Mila stopped the educatio, she got a job thinking that she would help herself and her family more. Mila even though had plans and wishes, at that moment, she lost her right to schooling.