Zrinka Bralo

'The biggest challenge is to find a way to belong and to be accepted'

Zrinka Bralo is a journalist from Sarajevo and has been involved with refugee and human rights since she was exiled in 1993. After war broke out, she coordinated international media coverage from Sarajevo, working with some of the world's leading war correspondents.

As the conflict escalated, Zrinka sought asylum in the United Kingdom, but she was at first refused and fought deportation for three years. She finally won the right to stay in the country and to this day she is a fierce advocate for asylum-seekers in the United Kingdom.

She served as a commissioner of the Independent Asylum Commission, the most comprehensive review of the UK protection system and is a winner of the 2011 Voices Of Courage Award by the Women's Refugee Commission in New York.