2008 witnessed the increase of discrimination in Italy towards the Romani community. A proposal by the country’s Interior Minister for police to fingerprint of all members of the Roma community living in camps added to tension already caused by police raids and vigilante mobs attacking camps with Molotov Cocktails.
In the small town of Cimpia Turzii in Transylvania, Romania, the Roma community is just as marginalised. Adults are shunned by the local community, children are shunned by teachers at school, resulting in a bad education and limiting the requisite skills needed to find work. Most resort to begging, relying on hand outs to feed and house their families with up to thirteen families sharing three decrepid homesteads two kilometres out of town, past the cemetery, on a isolated plain.
The local council have offered to provide new houses for the community, but require the Roma to have a stable job or income, thus continuing the vicious cycle.