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Slovakia. Demon on the wall

2011. Piotr Wójcik

It looks like favelas or refugees camps. Trailers, huts, shacks, shelters built with sheet of plywood, with just anything. No infrastructure.
Just a miserable existence. How many Roma live like this, you don’t know, because no one knows how many there are.
Certainly many. More and more, because it’s built in their culture to have a lot of children.
It is considered common sense that if Gypsy shack approach the ordinary houses area, it is a sign that you need to run away. The property prices will fly down and at school the level will dangerously decline…
Governed by the principle of apartheid – territorial and social. People of different races here are from two homelands : One of the slums and the other Slovakia.