National Geographic : 2008 Mar
PHOTO JO URNAL I NIGEL DICKINSON A child's smile for a visitor belies the garbage-strewn grimness of daily Romani life on the outskirts of Kosice, Slovakia. Decaying Soviet-era housing blocks, where running water and electricity are uncertain commodities, have become part refuge, part trap, for Romani families driven from nearby communities by anti-Gypsy bigotry. Jobless and homeless, a young Romani immi grant in France begged on Lyon's streets and found shelter in a vacant industrial building (left). Her native Romania has since joined the Euro pean Union. Eventually doors will be open to employment, but the EU parliament has acknowl edged that Romani women "face extreme levels of discrimination."