Ake Ericson
  • There are 12 million Romani people living in Europe, forming the continent's largest ethnic minority, according to Open Society Foundations. Ake Ericson has photographed the lives of Romani in ten countries, including France, Serbia, Romania and Sweden. In many of these countries, the Romani have faced discrimination, attacks and evictions. <br></br> “I just want to be a regular citizen,” says Halmti Lonujevo, 41, a Roma is not fully recognized as a citizen by any country. He was born in Kosovo in 1974, when the Balkan territory was a part of Yugoslavia.
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  • Juraj Mizigor playing with his friends in Kosice, Slovakia, in June 2013.
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  • Children make handprints on the wall at Lunik IX, in Kosice, Slovakia, at the rental houses where they live, in 2013. Two percent of the population of Slovakia is Roma, according to the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic.
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  • Erika Macernarcero, pregnant and unemployed, in August 2009. Three Roma families, including Macernarcero's, were evicted from their homes in Breclav, in the south of the Czech Republic, and moved to a converted barn outside the town.
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  • Stephen Vavrek, 32, is a teacher and Roma activist. According to Open Society Foundations, Štefan Vavrek was a young university student supported by a Roma Education Fund (REF) scholarship. After completing his studies, he launched an after-school program for 250 Roma children and their parents in his hometown of Rimavská Sec in southeastern Slovakia, and established a volunteer network of Roma and non-Roma teachers called Ternipe.
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  • Many of the Roma people in Camp Antenna outside Belgrade, Serbia, are stateless and they collect corrugated cardboard and empty bottles to obtain food for the day. Darko, 1, outside his family's house. On the other side of the street, non-Roma people live in new buildings.
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  • Roma people from a camp in Saint Denis, Paris, wash their clothes in the Seine, in June 2012.
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  • A cattle market where Romani and ethnic Romanians meet takes place outside of Apold in Romania, in May 2010. A horse can be sold for as much as $700.
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  • Girls playing a game in Kosice, Slovakia in July 2013.
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  • Men in Saint Denis, Paris, in November 2011. The European Commission's Roma Health Report found that in relation to alcohol consumption there are contrasting trends, with most studies suggesting the Roma population consume less alcohol than non-Roma populations.
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  • Garbage lies on the streets in Mitrovica, Kosovo. The Pulitzer Center reported that when the World Health Organization tested the Roma's blood for lead in 2004, the readings for 90 percent of the children were off the scale, higher than the medical equipment was capable of measuring.
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  • A young man fills a basin of water in order to wash his hair in the village of Apold in Romania, in 2010. Many of the Roma who were moved by the French authorities back to Romania originally came from Romania. About 150 people live in the village.
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  • Early morning at the Slepcik family home in Kosice, Slovakia, June 2013. The family is unemployed and receives a small amount of social benefits from the government in Slovakia.
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  • A man walked past a stable that has been converted into a home in August 2009. Two years ago, three Roma families moved to an old converted barn outside the town of Breclav in the Czech Republic.
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