Rijeka, Croatia

In a very short period Europe has taken hundreds of thousands of refugees who are seeking safety and a better life. Unfortunately, their arrival has coincided with the strengthening of bigotry, misunderstanding and intolerance, so that today little by little Europe is closing its frontiers and is leaving the refuges to the absurdity of the conflicts in their countries.

Therefore, I’ve decided to join this campaign by taking a picture in front of the recently built mosque in Rijeka, to send a message that the acceptance of differences brings strength and wisdom, and to show, perhaps, the most significant characteristics of the people in my city to the world – tolerance, acceptance and respect for everyone.

Vojko Obersnel, Mayor of Rijeka