On my daily research I found out this story which I really want to share with you. First of all I will tell you a story about a place in Europe, Spain, and later will show you a documentary of those people who live in El Vacie.

El Vacie, Seville is the oldest still existing roma settlements in Europe. This place was founded in 1932, during the Franco regime, when the poorest families were expelled from Seville’s Triana neighbourhood.

The settlement has cruel conditions for all inhabitants. No current water or sewage systems. The electricity was also just recently taken out from the city.

There are promises by the politicians, beginning with Franco who came out to El Vacie, promising improvements, and every politician has done so since then before the elections, but improvements do not seem to come

The site is divided into three parts: one is inhabited by Spanish Gypsies, the other by Portuguese Gypsies, the third by Gypsies from Extremadura.

But the inhabitants of this place are not completely left to themselves. In 1998 Spanish volunteers established in the site the Maria Angeles Kindergarten

Twenty permanent volunteers and eight paid staff members work here, and in addition they are regularly visited by doctor and psychologist. They strive to take care of all the children, most of whom only get hot food, hot water and education here, and to rescue them from the circle of poverty and criminality. The residents speak with great thankfulness about their work.

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El Vacie, Seville – The oldest Romani settlement in Europa – Part 1

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