In Dilga, Rural Roma Struggle For A Better Life


Ethnic Roma Xenia Costea stands in the small grocery shop she runs on... News PhotoBestof,Groceries,Gypsy,Horizontal,Human Interest,Human Rights,People,Politics,Romania,Small,Social Issues,Store,Topics,TopixPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesDILGA, ROMANIA - MARCH 11: Ethnic Roma Xenia Costea stands in the small grocery shop she runs on March 11, 2013 in Dilga, Romania. Xenia says hers is one of six small shops in Dilga and that many of her customers buy on credit. 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)