Gianmarco Maraviglia | Photojournalist


Camp Konik

Aftermath of a war

For years the Roma living in the camp at Konik have been displaced. They fled the civil war in Kosovo and are still without a permanent solution or a clear legal status. Upon their arrival in Montenegro during the Kosovo conflict, Roma from Kosovo were granted the status of “displaced persons” since both Kosovo and Montenegro were part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia at that time. Despite the subsequent independence of Montenegro in 2006 and of Kosovo in March 2008, Roma from Kosovo still hold the status of displaced persons, depriving them of their basic rights, such as the right to work.
There are many critical obstacles for Roma in Montenegro: there are no provisions for Roma from Kosovo to effectively access public education; the housing situation continues to get worse with people living in tents, containers, and barracks without basic housing infrastructure; there is basic access to healthcare but little else. Roma from Kosovo are not entitled to register with the local employment agency as jobseekers and so are not entitled to use its services. Practically, Roma from Kosovo have no rights in Montenegro to formal employment, forcing them to accept unregistered jobs.
In Konik, all of these issues are at their most acute.
 

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  1. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. In the camp most of the shacks has no water nor elettricity.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. In the camp most of the shacks has no water nor elettricity.
  2. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Fana Moringi, from Istoc, lyes in the bed. She is in the camp since 1999 and she's paralyzed since 6 years. She lives in a small container with his husband Barlez and 8 kids.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Fana Moringi, from Istoc, lyes in the bed. She is in the camp since 1999 and she's paralyzed since 6 years. She lives in a small container with his husband Barlez and 8 kids.
  3. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. A little sick child is sleeping in a shack with no water, covered with a veil.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. A little sick child is sleeping in a shack with no water, covered with a veil.
  4. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. A sick little girl is sleeping in one of the poorest shack of Konic 1.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. A sick little girl is sleeping in one of the poorest shack of Konic 1.
  5. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Fadil, 61, from Pristina. He left Kosovo beacuse of the war, after some years in Italy he came to the camp the help the family.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Fadil, 61, from Pristina. He left Kosovo beacuse of the war, after some years in Italy he came to the camp the help the family.
  6. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. There's nothing to do in the camp. No one has a job and they spend most of the time in their shack.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. There's nothing to do in the camp. No one has a job and they spend most of the time in their shack.
  7. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Children playing basketball in the camp.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Children playing basketball in the camp.
  8. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. In the camp the only way to survive is to digg into the dump, seraching for some object to sell.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. In the camp the only way to survive is to digg into the dump, seraching for some object to sell.
  9. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. In the camp the only way to survive is to digg into the dump, seraching for some object to sell.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. In the camp the only way to survive is to digg into the dump, seraching for some object to sell.
  10. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. In Camp Konic 2 the local Red Cross organize some classrooms for the children living in the camp.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. In Camp Konic 2 the local Red Cross organize some classrooms for the children living in the camp.
  11. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Camp 1 and camp two are divided by a no man's land
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Camp 1 and camp two are divided by a no man's land
  12. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Kids play with toy gun.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Kids play with toy gun.
  13. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Kid in Kamp Conic 2.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Kid in Kamp Conic 2.
  14. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Vera Outi, 20. She lives in the camp since 99 after she left the village of Gjakova, in the albanian part of Kosovo. She lives there with his husband Nasser Ibrahimi and 3 kids.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Vera Outi, 20. She lives in the camp since 99 after she left the village of Gjakova, in the albanian part of Kosovo. She lives there with his husband Nasser Ibrahimi and 3 kids.
  15. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Toilet of the camp.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Toilet of the camp.
  16. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Bidri Shala, 46, and his wife Seluana, 42. They live in a shack with 11 children. Even if they come from the albanian part of Kosovo, the brother of Bidri has been killed by the albanian, suspected of being an informer for the serbs.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Bidri Shala, 46, and his wife Seluana, 42. They live in a shack with 11 children. Even if they come from the albanian part of Kosovo, the brother of Bidri has been killed by the albanian, suspected of being an informer for the serbs.
  17. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Toilet of the camp.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Toilet of the camp.
  18. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. In the camp the only way to survive is to digg into the dump, seraching for some object to sell.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. In the camp the only way to survive is to digg into the dump, seraching for some object to sell.
  19. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. A horse in the neighbourhood of the camp.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. A horse in the neighbourhood of the camp.
  20. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Kid in Kamp Conic 2.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Kid in Kamp Conic 2.
  21. Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Kid in Kamp Konik 1.
    Camp Konic, Podgorica, Montenegro. Kid in Kamp Konik 1.
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