In Dilga, Rural Roma Struggle For A Better Life


Schoolchildren, most of them ethnic Roma, have a hot lunch before... News PhotoActivity,Day,Elementary Student,Ethnicity,European Commission,Event,Gypsy,Heat - Temperature,Homework,Horizontal,Human Interest,Human Rights,Lunch,Moving Activity,People,Politics,Romania,Social Issues,SponsorPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesDILGA, ROMANIA - MARCH 11: Schoolchildren, most of them ethnic Roma, have a hot lunch before afternoon activities that will include assisted homework in an after-school program sponsored by the European Commission on March 11, 2013 in Dilga, Romania. The program, called the Roma Education Fund, is aimed at bridging the educational gap between Roma and non-Roma across Europe, and in Romania the problem is particularly acute. 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)