Kosovo’s Forgotten Refugees
April 28, 2010 by michaeljjordan
— As described in the article above
, 1,600-plus Kosovo Roma refugees continue to live in limbo in neighboring Macedonia. My batch of photos here illustrates their existence today. Click here
for my earlier photo essay on the ethnically cleansed Roma who were resettled into toxic UN camps.
Roma boys play football in Shutka, the Skopje suburb where most of the Kosovo refugees remain.
Refugee leader Musharem Gashnani accuses the international community of abandoning them.
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A family receives free health care at a UNHCR clinic for refugees.
Refugee children receive help with homework from tutors at the UNHCR after-school program.
A refugee family recycled UNHCR tent tarp to protect their doorway.
In Pomazatin, Kosovo, an intact Albanian home next to a razed Roma home, left as rubble.
A Kosovo Roma family once lived here.
In Kosovo's capital, Pristina, the Ashkali minority say Roma neighbors who haven't returned must be guilty of something -- or they'd be back by now.
Back in Shutka, some refugees earn a few extra euros each day by working in the bazaar.
Refugee brothers play ball outside the home their parents rent from a Macedonian Roma family.
In Shutka, Nedzmije Selimi frets for her jobless, 18-year-old son.
“I’ve carried the same bag for 10 years,” says Ashkali refugee leader Nergim Alija. “Should my child carry the same bag?”
UNHCR's Vesna Lujic (r.) with a distressed refugee.
One of the youngest refugees.
Muharem Gashnani, in his rented apartment, cites various violations of refugee rights, according to his well-thumbed copy of the Geneva Conventions.