In Dilga, Rural Roma Struggle For A Better Life : News Photo

In Dilga, Rural Roma Struggle For A Better Life

DILGA, ROMANIA - MARCH 11: Ethnic Roma Serghei Percu, 22, delivers firewood to local elderly Roma resident Aurica Boboaca on March 11, 2013 in Dilga, Romania. Serghei and his brother Victor buy the wood from a local company, then chop it up into firewood and deliver it at a small proft. They operate their enterprise as a business initiated by the Romania office of the Soros Center, the NGO of billionaire investor George Soros, that is supporting small enterprise projects among the rural poor across Romania. 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)
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DILGA, ROMANIA - MARCH 11: Ethnic Roma Serghei Percu, 22, delivers firewood to local elderly Roma resident Aurica Boboaca on March 11, 2013 in Dilga, Romania. Serghei and his brother Victor buy the wood from a local company, then chop it up into firewood and deliver it at a small proft. They operate their enterprise as a business initiated by the Romania office of the Soros Center, the NGO of billionaire investor George Soros, that is supporting small enterprise projects among the rural poor across Romania. 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)
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Ethnic Roma Serghei Percu delivers firewood to local elderly Roma... News Photo 163546144Civil Rights,Civilian,Community,Delivery,Firewood,Gypsy,Horizontal,Human Interest,People,Politics,Resident,Romania,Senior Adult,Social IssuesPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesDILGA, ROMANIA - MARCH 11: Ethnic Roma Serghei Percu, 22, delivers firewood to local elderly Roma resident Aurica Boboaca on March 11, 2013 in Dilga, Romania. Serghei and his brother Victor buy the wood from a local company, then chop it up into firewood and deliver it at a small proft. They operate their enterprise as a business initiated by the Romania office of the Soros Center, the NGO of billionaire investor George Soros, that is supporting small enterprise projects among the rural poor across Romania. 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)