That time – 1996 – there was a conflict between the socialist party and it’s opposition in Yugoslavia. In the opposition were too many right-wing radicals. I was working for the radio, but the whole media was controlled Milošević. I had a job in Paraćin, which was ok, but it was also difficult, because I was confronted with the right-wing guys. In 1991, I was in the last generation of the army, which was really together: The Croats, Serbs, Macedonians, even one from Slovenia. more “A Journey”
“I left because of grief. I had nothing to live on here. People got used to me there, they gave me money, they nursed me. I lived for one summer in Sweden until the school started. If they would see what conditions the kids were living in, the Child Protection would take them. I was sitting in front of the supermarket with a plastic cup in my hand. I was telling them: HI! HI! – and they would put as much as they wanted in my cup. I THREE BEBE (showing) and they would understand. They would ask me how old are the kids and I would count the fingers. They would bring clothes, pampers for my children. They would ask what I want to have from the supermarket and they would buy it for me. I want to go again but without the children. But I don’t have anyone to take care of them here in Romania.” more “Women’s stories”
Before the war, Vlada was the owner of the biggest house in Jatagan Mala, Belgrade. He was working with steal and since he was chosen to build the Palata Albanija, he earned reputation as well as jealousy. His neighbour, a man of the same profession, envied him for his work and challenged him to play Poker, each of them risking half of their house. Yet, Vlada was lucky – he got 3 aces and won the game. Since everyone had heard what they were playing about, the neighbour had no choice but to leave Vlada half of his house.
Vlada had three daughters. The youngest one – Vukosava, short Vuka – was 18 years old, when the war started. more “Love and War”
My uncle’s name is Zoran. Together with his wife and children he wanted to go to Austria. So they got divorced and both – on paper – married an Austrian citizen in Vienna. The wife’s new husband adopted their children Anita and Momčilo.
Yet, after a while Zorans new wife did not want to be married on paper only, but actually wanted a real marriage and blackmailed him, saying that she would tell the government about him only marrying for the papers. As a consequence, his actual wife started to be jealous and got divorced for real. more “The chaos of love and marriage”
Milan was making jewellery and didn’t know Romanes. He was married to Marija and fathered six daughters and two sons. When the second world war began, their oldest daughter Rada was already married. Her husband was collaborating with the Germans and took them to the settlements, where he told them who was Roma and who wasn’t. When they reached Rada’s parents house he told the Germans, that they were Roma. more “Roma obstacles”
“Before the elections, the politicians will always promise the Roma electricity, water, etc.. They even send busses to drive them to the elections. But after the elections nothing changes. Never.”
“If you ask the small children in Deponija, what they want to be when they grow up, they will tell you ‘I will collect steal’. Or paper.”
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