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Young Roma girls hang out in the Ostrovany settlement, outside of Šarišské Michaľany. It's home to 1,500 mostly-poor Roma.

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Tanya Springer

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    Ostrovany settlement, outside of Šarišské Michaľany, is home to 1,500 Roma.

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    Tanya Springer

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    Ostrovany settlement, outside of Šarišské Michaľany, is home to 1,500 Roma.

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    Tanya Springer

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    A 500-foot long concrete wall runs along the perimeter of the Roma settlement adjacent to Šarišské Michaľany. The village mayor paid for this wall to be built in 2009, at the behest of nearby, non-Roma residents who were complaining of garden theft. Ostrovany residents jokingly call it the "Berlin Wall."

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    Tanya Springer

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    Local kids in Ostrovany.

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    Tanya Springer

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    5-year old Bianca Duzdova (right) and her cousins. Bianca's mother, Viera, is hopeful that Bianca will have the opportunity to go to school in an integrated setting.

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    Tanya Springer

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    Every day after school nearly 250 Roma students, including these first and second-graders, wait for an Ostrovany-bound bus in a grocery store parking lot.

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    Tanya Springer

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    Viera Duzdova stands in the kitchen of her family's Ostrovany home with her 16-year old son, Faro, and her 5-year old daughter, Bianca. The Duzdova's kitchen doubles as the home's only bedroom.

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    Tanya Springer

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    16-year old Faro Duzdova sits in the front row in his new, mixed ninth-grade math class at Šarišské Michaľany.

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    Tanya Springer