Roma Communities throughout Eastern Europe are, without doubt, the most marginalised, despised and poverty stricken of all european people groups. Travelling as a photographer for a Charitable Organisation over the past 3 years has given me an insight in to the terrible plight faced by these people – especially the children.
History of slavery and abuse
There are estimated to be in excess of four million Roma people living in Europe today. Throughout their history the Roma have been enslaved, persecuted, marginalised and abused. During World War II Nazi Germany and its allies marked them out for extermination. During that time it is estimated 220,000 to 1,500,000 Roma people were murdered, mostly in concentration camps.
Shockingly, Roma people in Europe still face segregation, marginalisation, persecution and privation. Recently a leading journalist in Hungary called the Roma “animals” that “need to be eliminated” “right now by any means”.
Many Roma communities in Eastern Europe live well below the poverty line. Often with no electricity, heat or sewage – it is, inevitably, the very young and the old who suffer the most. Roma infants, some of whom live in appalling conditions can and do die from the cold during the winter months.
Roma infants, some of whom live in appalling conditions can and do die from the cold during the winter months.
All profits from this site will be used to support groups who offer assistance and relief to impoverished Roma Communities in Eastern Europe.