Photography, Fine Art, Wet Plate Collodion, Alternative photography

Strojan Roma family and it’s 11 month in exile

with 10 comments

_mg_6114_borut_peterlin.jpgIn the past I’ve been blogging a lot about Strojan Roma family that are refugees in their own country. Well after 11 months they are still refugees and that’s after Minister of internal affairs Dragutin Mate promised them to find a new permanent location in three weeks time. Anyhow part of the family decided to return to their land and live in tents.

I’ve visited them before noon. Mirko bought one or two days old pastry for everybody, but he couldn’t drove them to the family because police is preventing him to return to their property. Don’t ask me why. Some kind of weird interpretation of law by current Slovenian politics. Strojan’s lawyer renown Čeferin is suing the state of Slovenia because of that.

Anyhow I said I’m white and pure Slovenian and I’m driving middle class car and I have no problems with the police on my way to Ambrus, so I’ll take the food to them. So I did. In the evening I’ve received a phone call that local majority made another protests, demanding that Roma family has no right to live in their vicinity. I came on the scene when it already started to rain and all the protesters went home, but I’ve made this pictures and this recording. I was wet as a dog, especially because I was avoiding main road that was full of protesters.

For the end let me draw a projection of the events. Majority from Ambrus and Romas are extremely nervous and threatening with violence. Government don’t do nothing to permanently solve this problem. If somebody will get killed who will be responsible? I mean beside the killer himself? Will Ministers Dragutin Mate and Janez Podobnik resign? I’m following the problem from 26th of October 2006 and situation was never so tense as it is now.


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Written by Borut Peterlin

18 September, 2007 at 23:59

Posted in Photojournalism

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  1. mediji so prisluhnili politikom in so zaenkrat precej rezervirani. zdaj se bo reševal drug konec slovenije, romi bodo zato še nekaj časa na dežju. če jih prej ne odnese kakšna človeška ujma.
    sram me je.


    19 September, 2007 at 23:25

  2. Prav zaradi tega sem šel tja! Prav zato, ker je že bilo vse povedano in ni nič novega za dodat, nič novega za slikat. Ena sama beda! Človeška beda.

    Upam, da se bo Janša zahvalil specialcem, ki PONOVNO vso noč dežurajo na dežju in varujejo teh nekaj otrok in žensk pred vaščani Ambrusa, Krke in ostalih okoliških krajev.



    19 September, 2007 at 23:40

  3. Hudo neprijetno je, da naša varuhinja človekovih pravic daje vtis, kot da se je to ne tiče.


    20 September, 2007 at 13:09

  4. menda bo v petek prišla. Nepreverjeno…


    20 September, 2007 at 14:20

  5. Thanks for sharing these pictures and the story. I am an American black who just moved to Sloveniea and all of this sounds like the way Indians have been treatedin America for a long time. I hope that Slovenian government can come into the 21st century Europe and realize their old racist practices must change. Slovenia should be open to any law-abiding person who wishes to live and contribute to this society. this apartheid system must not carry on.

    Camille Acey

    21 September, 2007 at 08:15

  6. I can´t understand how this can be allowed to continue!!! It is a shame for Slovenia and thus for me. I wish Ambrus was wiped off the face of the earth. They do not deserve better. Move the ethnic slovenian population to Prekmurje so that they will learn how to treat people with a bit of respect (the situation is not perfect there but at least better)

    Peter Zrinski, Svedska

    Peter Zrinski

    21 September, 2007 at 09:50

  7. @ Cammille Acey and Peter,
    Slovenian nation has never in the history been in the position as majority population. Slovenians were always minority. From Yugoslavia, Italy, Austria-Hungary monarchy, Roman Empire all the way to Kelt’s tribes.

    From 1991 Slovenian nation became a majority nation and concepts that saved our national identity as minority just don’t work anymore when we’re majority. Slovenian nation is learning how to treat minority.
    Fascism was always fighting against minorities and although Slovenian nation was very successful in fighting Italian, German, Serbian,… fascisms the hardest is to fight against the fascism from within. The hardest is to fight against the inferiority complex, which is the foundation of ubermensch idea and fascism on general.

    So, Slovenia is going through the process of experiencing fascism from within – a process that all majority communities went through. For that catharsic reason I find Germany truly amazing country.

    As I said Slovenia has a rich history of successfully resisting fascism and I have no doubt that after a long and torturing fight tolerant ad self-confident Slovenia will prevail.


    21 September, 2007 at 10:23

  8. joj, res upam, da si uporabil tisto fotko za foto tedna. super je … 🙂


    21 September, 2007 at 23:53

  9. Tokratni foto tedna je od Krajnca iz Železnikov, ko so našli truplo. Katera fotka ti je všeč? B5


    22 September, 2007 at 15:36

  10. vse so mi ful hude.
    od švercarskih mi je najboljša 6266, ko so peciva v avtu in jih sonce ful lepo obsije. 🙂

    sicer sta mi pa zelo dobri še 6176 in 6290.


    23 September, 2007 at 21:45

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