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* Bulgarian Deputy PM promises stepped-up police presence in Roma area of Plovdiv
By The Sofia Globe

Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov, who is one of the co-leaders of the nationalist United Patriots minority partner in the coalition government, pledged on August 3 that the police presence would be stepped up in the Shekler Mahala neighbourhood of Plovdiv, an area where Roma people live.

Some of the illegal buildings in Shekler Mahala would be removed, Simeonov said after meeting residents of nearby areas who had complained about “24-hour noise from the neighbourhood”, Bulgarian National Radio reported.

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* Tips for social workers supporting east-European Roma families
By Community Care

In a recently-updated guide for Community Care Inform, Gabriela Smolinska-Poffley and Dragica Felja of the Roma Support Group provide essential information about Roma history, culture and tradition, to help social workers engage with Roma families in a positive way….

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* Kosovo's Roma are still struggling with lead-poisoning suffered in UN camps

Around 600 of its inhabitants were given shelter by the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in five camps, initially meant as a temporary measure for 45 days, but they ended up staying six years. Living near a heavy metals mining complex, these displaced people were unaware that they were breathing in air and trampling on soil contaminated with lead and other toxins, as scientific tests have showed.

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* Czechs strike deal to move pig farm from Roma Holocaust site
By The Times of Israel

Government buys former concentration camp in Lety, south of Prague, where 1,300 Roma were imprisoned and 327 died.

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* Roma victims of Holocaust remembered in Bucharest
By Euronews

An exhibition has opened in the Romanian capital, attended by Roma survivors and local and foreign officials remembering the thousands of Roma people killed in World World Two concentration camps.

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