2001 Photo Contest, Portraits, 2nd prize

Tim Georgeson

Cosmos for World Vision

10 February, 2000

The Shola family stands outside their temporary home in the Konik refugee camp, near Podgorica. Together with most other Roma, the family were forced out of Kosovo in mid 1999, when ethnic Albanians were returning. The Kosovo Roma had been accused of siding with the Serbs. The wave of anti-gypsy violence in Kosovo was the most severe since the holocaust of the Second World War, and thousands were displaced. By March there were around 8,000 Roma estimated to be living in Montenegro. Western European countries generally gave them only temporary protection rather than full refugee status.

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Tim Georgeson

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