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What Are We Going To Be?

When I visited the elementary school for Gypsy children in Jarovnice for the first time, as an interpreter for a group of American specialists on children's rehabilitation, the school appeared to be like any other Slovakian school.

At our request, the children, smiling at the camera, lined up in front of a large painting they created in art class that represented their dream jobs: chimney sweep, soldier, cook, bricklayer, painter, nurse, singer... but none of these dreams will come true.

The village of Jarovnice, with its population of 2500, is one of the largest Gypsy camps in Eastern Europe.

-- Pawel Bakowski
The Village