IT’S snowing in Bosnia and these children face a harsh winter with this hole in the roof of their makeshift home. 

They are among 700 Romany people living in extremely poor conditions, without electricity, water or heating. Some houses are made predominantly of paper cartons.  

They live at a settlement in the village of Ciljuge, near the town of Zivinice, which is 72km north of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.  

People here support themselves by collecting scrap iron from abandoned cars and machinery.

Amnesty International reports that many Romany children fail to complete primary school and face a lifetime of poverty.  

Romany people are often referred to as Gypsies. Their origins have been traced to northern India, but they now live in many countries across Europe.

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