Roma portraits

The Roma (gypsies) are often subject to inter-ethnic conflicts in Europe. Their name is part of the stereotypes, prejudices and growing racist discourse throughout Europe. The estimated number of Roma population who live in Romania is between 1,7 and 2 million, and the high rate of illiteracy registered among the gypsies leads to poverty and social exclusion. In Romania, the conflict between the Roma population and the Romanians is a reality in all regions where they live together.

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Gipsy family

Gipsy people are walking on the road in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010.

Gipsy family

Janos Grancsa (age 54), a gipsy lider named "Bulibasa" and his grandson, Janos Grancsa (age 15) are storing hay in the storehouse in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010.

Gipsy woman

A gipsy woman is carrying a bucket in her yard in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010

Gipsy woman

A gipsy woman poses on the porch of her house in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010

Gipsy family

Gipsy people are driving a cart full of hay in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010.

Gipsy woman

A gipsy woman is cleaning the floor of her house in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010

Gipsy girl

A little gipsy girl eats a slice of bread in the yard of her house in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010

Gipsy woman

A gipsy woman is sitting on the porch of her house in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010

Gipsy family

Joni Emese, a social mediator between the authorities and the gipsy comunity is talking with a gipsy family, Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010

Gipsy girl

A little gipsy girl sits in a cart on her family's yard, while her relatives talk with Joni Emese (back-center), a social mediator between the authorities and the gipsy community, Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010

Gipsy family

Children from Grancsa family are posing inside their house in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010

Gipsy girl

Little gipsy girl from the Grancsa family is posing inside her house in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010

Gipsy family

Janos Grancsa (right, age 15) is teaching his father how to write inside their house in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010. Janos is the only one in his family who went to school.

Gipsy family

Janos Grancsa, a gipsy lider called "Bulibasa" (right, age 54) and his grandson, Janos Grancsa (left, age 15) are posing inside Bulibasa's house in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010.

Gipsy boy

Janos Grancsa (age 15) is attending classes at the technical high school in Miercurea Ciuc city, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010. Janos is the only one in his family who went to school.

Gipsy family

Grancsa family is posing in front of their house in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 13.05.2010

Gipsy family

A gipsy family is posing on the road in Sanmartin village, Harghita county, Romania, 12.05.2010

Gipsy girl

A gipsy girl is writing on the blackboard during classes at the primary school in Sanmartin village, Harghita county, Romania, 12.05.2010

Gipsy children

A gipsy girl is posing in front of her house, Sanmartin village, Harghita county, Romania, 12.05.2010

Gipsy boy

A gipsy boy is attending classes at the primary school in Sanmartin village, Harghita county, Romania, 12.05.2010

Gipsy woman

Maria Grancsa (age 28) is posing inside her house in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 11.05.2010.

Janos Grancsa

Janos Grancsa, a gipsy leader called "Bulibasa" and his wife are posing inside their house in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 5.10.2013.

Gipsy children

Children from the gipsy family Grancsa are posing in the yard of their family settlement in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 5.10.2013.

Maria Otvos

Maria Otvos (Center) is seen together with her relatives, in an improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 5.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living in improvised houses, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied in downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy women

Women from the gipsy family Grancsa are working in the yard of their settlement in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 5.10.2013.

Gipsy family

A woman and children from the gipsy family Grancsa are collecting potatoes in the yard of their settlement in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 5.10.2013.

Gipsy children

Children from the gipsy family Grancsa are playing in the yard of their family settlement in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 5.10.2013.

Istvan Otvos

Istvan Otvos (17 years old) is reading a book inside his house, in an improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 5.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living in improvised houses, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied in downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Istvan Otvos

Istvan Otvos (17 years old) is repairing a car in "Balasz Garage" car workshop in Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 5.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living in improvised houses, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied in downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy boy

A little boy is posing in a gipsy improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 3.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living improvised shelters, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Maria Otvos

Maria Otvos is posing inside her house, in an improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 3.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living in improvised houses, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied in downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy woman

Ida Grancsa is sweeping her family's yard in their settlement in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 5.10.2013.

Gipsy girl

Children from the gipsy family Grancsa in the yard of their settlement in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 5.10.2013.

Gipsy children

A gipsy boy is playing with an ax in an improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 3.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living in containers and improvised houses for the last 8 years, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy girl

A girl from the gipsy family Grancsa is sitting on a tire in front of her house in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 5.10.2013.

Gipsy boy

A boy is posing with his little brother from behind a window, in an improvised gipsy settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 3.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living improvised shelters, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy boys

Two gipsy boys are standing next to a bicycle in an improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 5.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living improvised shelters, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy girls

Gipsy girls are playing in an improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 5.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living improvised shelters, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy girl

A little girl is holding her father's hand in a gipsy improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 3.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living improvised shelters, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy woman

A woman from Sorban family is posing in a gipsy improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 3.10.2013. She has been living together with 5 relatives in a container for 8 years, after the local authorities evicted several Roma families from a house they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy children

Gipsy children are posing in front of their improvised houses on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 3.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living for 8 years in containers and improvised houses, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy girls

Two girls from the gipsy family Grancsa are posing from behind a window of their house in Sancraieni village, Harghita county, Romania, 5.10.2013.

Gipsy girl

A gipsy girl from Csaba Blenesi family is taking a nap after school in her house, in a gipsy settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 3.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living for 8 years in containers and improvised houses, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy boy

A gipsy boy is posing inside a container in an improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 3.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living in containers and improvised houses for 8 years, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy woman

A woman is posing in a gipsy improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 3.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living improvised shelters, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy girl

A little girl is posing from behind a window, in an improvised gipsy settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 3.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living improvised shelters, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Container

A photograph that depicts a scene from the Bible is seen behind the window of a container, in an improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 3.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living in containers and improvised houses for 8 years, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy boy

A gipsy boy is playing with a broken trolley in an improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 5.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living in improvised houses, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.

Gipsy settlement

A woman is walking in a gipsy improvised settlement on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, Romania, 3.10.2013. Several Roma families have been living in containers and improvised houses for the last 8 years, after the local authorities evicted them from houses they had abusively occupied downtown Miercurea Ciuc.