In Dilga, Rural Roma Struggle For A Better Life


Ethnic Roma Mioara Costea milks one of her cows as her husband Costel... News PhotoAdult,Animal Dung,Cow,Farm,Gypsy,Horizontal,Human Interest,Human Rights,Husband,Men,Milk,People,Politics,Romania,Social IssuesPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesDILGA, ROMANIA - MARCH 11: Ethnic Roma Mioara Costea milks one of her cows as her husband Costel shovels manure on their farm on March 11, 2013 in Dilga, Romania. The couple, with their approximately one dozen cows, plus turkeys, geese and chickens, are comparatively wealthy, and Costel attributes their success to his decision not to sell the ten hectares of land restituted to him after the fall of the Romanian communist government in 1989. Most other Roma in Dilga did sell their land for money they needed when times got hard. Dilga is a settlement of 2,500 people with dirt roads and no running water, and unemployment is at 70%. Most of the working-age men and women have at some point worked abroad, mostly in Italy or Great Britain, as many say they are unable to find adequate work in Romania. Romania's Roma belong to a myriad of different tribes defined by their craft, and Dilga's belong to a group called the Rudari, who until the 1930s specialised in woodcrafts. During the communist years most worked in nearby state-run factories and agricultural cooperatives, though the majority of these went bankrupt after 1989 and the local Roma lost their jobs. Since then they have struggled to make ends meet and find a better future for their children, though projects initiated by the European Union and NGOs are helping some to launch small-scale enterprises and improve their children's education. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)