Kosovo's Romanies Live In Uncertainty


Bajram Spasolli stands in front of his house in the Cesmin Lug... News PhotoGypsy,Human Interest,Kosovo,Minority Groups,Mitrovica,People,Poverty,Refugee,Refugee Camp,Serbia,Social Issues,Waist UpPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2007 Getty ImagesMITROVICA, SERBIA - DECEMBER 11: Bajram Spasolli stands in front of his house in the Cesmin Lug refugee camp in the Serbian district December 11, 2007 in Kosovo province, Serbia. Spasolli fled to Germany in 1993, when his house in his hometown Vucitern was totaly destroyed. He lived in a refugee camp in Aschersleben, eastern part of Germany. 2003 he was deported by the german authority because he has?nt a regular residence permit. One hundred and fourty-four refugees live in the camp near toxic metal waste left by the Trepca mines, living in extremely poor conditions with no running water. Members of the Roma minority were forced to flee their homes in the Mahala district in southern Mitrovica during the Kosovo war in the 1999. They settled in the Serb-populated northern side of the divided province. Were independence to come to Kosovo, the north would continue as a Serbian enclave. Kosovo, administered by the United Nations since the 1990 conflict, is home to approximately 120,000 Serbs, who face an uncertain future should the province, with its majority Albanian population, become independent under a U.N. proposed plan. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)