The Roma in the EU's backyard

by Ake Ericson

Sunita Ceinoc's four children sleep in one bed. All of the Roma households in Apold lack all modern equipment.
Because of the poor economy the daily diet is bad. Usually the food consists what is available. Many of them are customers in the only village grocery store, driving the owner to despair when payment is very late.
Roma engaged in animal husbandry have an advantage. Every Sunday there is a cattle market on a field some miles distance outside of Apold, where both Romani and ethnic Rumanian meet. Those who have an animal to sell can make money: a horse may generate some $ 700.
Newly weds Jetula and Ibrahim Krasnici hope for a better future, for themselves and their children.
Marriages and weddings take place in the backyard. The poverty is obvious to the eye.
Biljent Ciprian beside the family iron stove used last winter when the temperature dropped to near freezing.
Inspection and evaluation of a horse on the cattle market outside Apold. The gypsies are hard-handed and do not hesitate to use a whip. The price for a horse can go as high as $5000.
Sunita Ceinioc's life is better compared to many other citizens in the village. Her house has a concrete floor. Sunita with her daughter and visiting children.
On the way to a poor man's wedding in a backyard. One bottle of wine served the entire bridal party.