In Dilga, Rural Roma Struggle For A Better Life

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Marius Tanase, an ethnic Roma, and his daughter Denisa take a break... News PhotoDaughter,Ethnicity,Females,Gypsy,Human Interest,Human Rights,Onion,People,Planting,Politics,Romania,Social Issues,Vegetable,VerticalPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesDILGA, ROMANIA - MARCH 11: Marius Tanase, an ethnic Roma, and his daughter Denisa, 6, take a break while planting onions in their vegetable garden outside their home on March 11, 2013 in Dilga, Romania. Marius worked construction jobs in Spain and Great Britain and says he would like to move permanently to Great Britain, not because of the money but because he thinks his five children will have a better chance at a full education and brighter future than in 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)