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The Romani, A Collection of Images

Anti-Roma prejudice has existed for centuries. Here’s an example of one of the more extreme stereotypes, which has fortunately become somewhat less fashionable over time:

"child abducted by nomads"

“child abducted by nomads”

Prejudice has led to the darkest period in Roma history, the Holocaust:

Deportation of Sinti and Roma in Asperg, Germany, during WWII

Deportation of Sinti and Roma in Asperg, Germany, during WWII

A Romani (Gypsy) victim of Nazi medical experiments to make seawater potable. Dachau concentration camp, Germany, 1944

A Romani (Gypsy) victim of Nazi medical experiments to make seawater potable. Dachau concentration camp, Germany, 1944

Romani victims of Nazi medical experiments to make seawater potable. Dachau concentration camp, Germany, 1944

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Even today, in prosperous Europe, the Romani are often very poor. Their living conditions and housing are more like those of a third world country:

A woman walks through a Roma settlement situated on a road off of Budulovska Street on the outskirts of Moldava nad Bodvou in eastern Slovakia. Moldava nad Bodvou is approximately 30 km south of Košice and around 15 percent of its inhabitants are Roma. “Those living in the settlement are marginalized and segregated,” says Oto Horváth, a Roma social worker in this particular settlement. People are often forced to move to the settlement because they can no longer pay rent. “Once you go to the settlement, there is no way back to the city,” he added.

A woman walks through a Roma settlement situated on a road off of Budulovska Street on the outskirts of Moldava nad Bodvou in eastern Slovakia. Moldava nad Bodvou is approximately 30 km south of Košice and around 15 percent of its inhabitants are Roma. “Those living in the settlement are marginalized and segregated,” says Oto Horváth, a Roma social worker in this particular settlement. People are often forced to move to the settlement because they can no longer pay rent. “Once you go to the settlement, there is no way back to the city,” he added. Photo credit: Björn Steinz/Panos for the Open Society Foundations

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A gypsy woman begging for money Florence

A “gypsy” woman begging for money in Florence. Roma are often seen begging.

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The Roma are not only disadvantaged. They still, in some places, suffer physical attacks:

A man awaits emergency medical treatment for injuries sustained during a brawl in the village of Gyongyospata, in northeast Hungary April 26, 2011. Four people were injured, one seriously, after a fight between Roma residents and members of vigilante group Vedero (Defence Force) broke out overnight. Picture taken April 26, 2011 REUTERS/MTI

A man awaits emergency medical treatment for injuries sustained during a brawl in the village of Gyongyospata, in northeast Hungary April 26, 2011. Four people were injured, one seriously, after a fight between Roma residents and members of vigilante group Vedero (Defence Force) broke out overnight. Picture taken April 26, 2011 REUTERS/MTI

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However, let’s end on a happier note:

A member of the Roma community smiles with her gold-encrusted teeth in the village of Pidvynogradiv near the Ukrainian city of Vynogradiv in Transcarpathia on September 8, 2013. Members of this conservative group of Roma, locally known as the “Hungarian Tent Gypsies”, are known for their bright-coloured clothes and their set of golden teeth, considered to be a sign of wealth and status in the camp. By Yuriy Dyachshyn/AFP/Getty Images

A member of the Roma community smiles with her gold-encrusted teeth in the village of Pidvynogradiv near the Ukrainian city of Vynogradiv in Transcarpathia on September 8, 2013. Members of this conservative group of Roma, locally known as the “Hungarian Tent Gypsies”, are known for their bright-coloured clothes and their set of golden teeth, considered to be a sign of wealth and status in the camp. By Yuriy Dyachshyn/AFP/Getty Images

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