I’ve been working hard these days on a final selection for picture contests. Here are my favorite twelve pictures.
Protest of local villagers against Strojan Roma family. On the picture local people are coming from village Ambrus to Roma settlement to protest and demand that whole family should move away from their property. Ambrus, Slovenia, Saturday, 28.10.2006
Strojan Roma family, sitting in front of their house, waiting for their neighbors – local villagers to come and protest in front of their house and demand that whole family should move away. Ambrus, Slovenia, Saturday, 28.10.2006.
After Strojan’s return to their property near Ambrus village, Strojan children were kept in their van, waiting if they will have to flee again. Ambrus, Slovenia, Saturday, 28.10.2006
Protest of local villagers that Strojan Roma family should flee their property was so decreed that Minister of Internal Affairs Dragutin Mate arrived on the scene. On the picture Minister Dragutin Mate is offering Strojan Roma family to move from their property to Postojna refugee centre, just for three weeks and meantime government will find another location. In next two months that followed government didn’t met their promise to found appropriate permanent location for Strojan family, but it made another promise that a permanent location will be found before April 2007. Ambrus, Slovenia, Saturday, 28.10.2006.
Strojan boys were afraid to sleep in their house because they thought villagers will kill them, so they stayed lying on the ground beside a fireplace waiting in fear for the outcome of the protest of local majority villagers. Ambrus, Slovenia, Saturday, 28.10.2006.
Zoran Grm, Roma representative from Novo mesto is helping Strojan Roma family to settle in refugee center in Postojna. Postojna, Slovenia, Sunday 29th of October 2006.
Strojan Roma family hiding in the forest under threats of local majority of Ambrus village. On the picture a boy is collecting wood to make a bonfire. Ivančna Gorica, Friday, 26.10.2006.
Strojan Roma family in exile in refugee center in Postojna while being settled in. Postojna, Slovenia, Sunday 29th of October 2006
In refugee center in Postojna, Aleksander Strojan, (age 4 years), in the shadow od Milan Zver observes media coverage of an official statement of Mr. Milan Zver. Milan Zver is a Minister for education and at the time President of Government’s Board for Protection of Roma Etnical Minority in Slovenia.
Grandmother Elka Strojan age 55, is waiting on a parking lot of a highway at Višnja Gora waiting if police will allow their return toward their settlement near Ambrus village. Grandmother Elka Strojan have a seriously heart problems and she is desparate also because she is constantly being interviewed. Višnja Gora, Slovenia, Saturday 25th of November 2006.
Strojan’s house was demolished because it was illegally build three days before Christmas. The inspection for urban planning demolished it only after municipality of Ivančna Gorica gave a guarentee that Strojan family has a second place to stay, that’s Postojna’s refugee centre. On the picture eleven members of Strojan Roma family that succeed to returned to their property are preparing a shanty to spend the prechristmas December night. Ambrus, Slovenia, 21.12.2006
Strojan Roma family reunited in Ambrus, after their house was demolished. Happiness to be reunited after more then a month was soon followed by a despair of ascertainment that nothing was left after their house being demolished, so half of them returned back to Postojan’s refugee centre. On the picture, statue of Mary among other things they saved before a demolition of their house. Ambrus, Slovenia, 22.12.2006
Additional picture that might replace a picture no:7 of a boy picking up wood for bonfire. On the picture there are people of Ivančna Gorica making a road barricade on a road that is leading to a location where Strojan family planned to settle. Stranska vas, Slovenia, 14.11.2006