Roma Communities in the Balkans

This ongoing photography project focuses on the way Roma people are living and are being housed and integrated in three different Eastern European Countries: Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary

Stolipinovo is a district of the Bulgarian city Plovdiv and with about 45,000 inhabitants it is the largest Roma community in the Balkan Peninsula. The district is located onĀ  the northeastern outskirts of Plovdiv on the south bank of the Maritsa. Stolipinovo differs from other Roma neighborhoods in Bulgaria in that the majority of its inhabitants count themselves among the Turkish-speaking, Muslim Horahane Roma, also called Xoraxane-Roma, while only about 5,000 inhabitants are Christian Dassikane -Roma designate.

Stoliponovo has an extremely poor infrastructure: Many buildings are dilapidated, the streets are not paved, and the tap water was contaminated. For some years, the residents were even disconnected from the power supply.

 

 

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