Mangalia - Mangalia, Romania. News of possible evictions of the Roma community ‘La Baraci’
from Mangalia first reached me in 2014. This is my initial contact with the community. In May
2015 hundreds of people received notifications from the mayor - if they don’t pay their
outstanding local debts and the incurred penalties (three times bigger than the debt itself) the
city-hall will take them to court and ask for their eviction.
While forced evictions are common practice throughout Romania, in Mangalia, the mayor
considered a legal action to recover debts as a way to target Roma people without making it
look like forced evictions.
In 2016 I revisited the community and I brief Amnesty International about their situation
while advising the community to seek legal advise, talk to the municipality and try to obtain a schedule of gradual
payment as this might deter the court case. On September 15, 2017 13 families were already evicted by the time I reached the community. #humanity #reportagespotlight #nyt #loftstyle #loft #gettyimages #gettyreportage #poverty #unicef #savethechildren