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A University of Derby graduate film-maker is training Roma gypsy children to photograph their difficult lives in a mass housing complex in Slovakia.
Artur Conka, 22, who graduates with a BA (Hons) Photography degree, made a short film about Roma and gypsy people living in the vast, crumbling Lunik IX housing complex in Kosice, Slovakia, for his final degree show. It can be seen on YouTube (at www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUFUkVivh_M) and has been screened at film festivals.
A former Lunik IX resident himself – Artur lived there until he was three, when his parents left Slovakia – his film perfectly captures the crumbling tower blocks surrounded by rubbish, and limited running water and power supplies. Communities are mainly settled there by the Slovakian government.
The decision by Rotherham council to remove three foster children from a couple because of their support of UKIP provoked intense criticism, but one important detail which emerged is that the children were from a Roma family - one of a growing number coming into contact with social services in the UK.
The half a million members of the Roma or Gypsy community murdered during the Second World War have finally been remembered with a ceremony and memorial in the centre of Berlin. The German leader, Angela Merkel, inaugurated the long delayed monument and warned that the Roma minority continues to face rampant discrimination
The Guardian online
Channel 4 creative working on 'Bigger. Fatter. Gypsier' ad campaign wanted controversial shots of 'very young girl'
University of Essex website
A new University of Essex scholarship aimed at protecting and promoting the human rights of the Roma community has accepted its first student.
Angel Ivanov arrived at Essex from Bulgaria after winning the Human Rights Centre 30th Anniversary Scholarship for Roma Students. Thought to be the first of its kind - it is hoped the scholarship will equip Angel, and future recipients, with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide much-needed representation for the Roma people within decision-making bodies.