"Gypsies are better than Romanians"

"Gypsies are better than Romanians"


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"Gypsies are better than Romanians", says Mariana, a 27-year old Romanian woman, who lives in a Roma community. She started to write letters to Catalin while he was in prison, on behalf of his parents who were illiterate. After he got out of jail, they fell in love. Now, they live together, as a couple without official documents, in Speranta, a former chicken farm at the edge of Piatra Neamt in northeastern Romania. Life is not easy, especially now that they have children. Their home is small, they have no cooker and no heating. A nearby pump with infested water is the only source of drinking water for the entire community.

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