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Dead-End Street

Dead-End Street

In Vuk Vrcevic street in Belgrade, there is a Roma settlement of the same name, which is also called a Dump. No one walks that street except its residents, knowing how dangerous the neighbourhood is. It is considered the most unsafe not only in Serbia but also wider. Extreme poverty, heroin and suffering reign there. In this unsanitary settlement almost every family has at least one member who is a heroin addict. The suffering is not only a part of the individual who consumes heroin, but is spreading to all people in their close environment, including the most vulnerable - children who are at high risk to become addicts, or develop other problems. Yet, this settlement retained something of the Roma spirit, which persistently resists the misfortune in which it finds itself.

Children playing at the end of a hot summer day in the most unsafe Roma settlement in Vuk Vrcevic street. Most of these children have parents who are heroin addicts.

A young man throws his rooster into the air while the street dog observes the opportunity to brake his hunger. People who did not fall into the clutches of drugs live a typical Roma life characterise by high spirit.

Roma residents in the late afternoon in the Vuk Vrcevic street. People avoid walking in this street, except residents of the settlement.

A young girl enters the neighbour’s house through the window in Vuk Vrcevic Roma settlement.

Two brothers jumping at the bed at their home in the Vuk Vrcevic settlement. They have also a 5 year old sister and unfortunately both of their parents are heroin addicts. The grandmother who manages to keep the family functional takes the greatest care of them.

Woman collecting plastic bottles addressed to me: ‘’Child, my advice to you is not to go there - they are all junkes, capable to rob you, to kill you.’’ Unsanitary Roma settlement In Vuk Vrcevic Street, which is also called the Dump.

Two boys playing at the dumpster in Vuk Vrcevic Roma slum.

A young man having fun in a dirty pond in Roma settlement in Vuk Vrcevic street. Young people who are not part of drugs find joy in everyday life.

A young men wrestling in mud. Young people who are not part of drugs find joy in everyday life.

An ordinary scene at late afternoon at the entrance of the settlement where dealing drugs takes place.

A young man under the influence of heroin with droppy eyelids. Unsanitary Roma settlement In Vuk Vrcevic street, which is also called the Dump.

Emran looking at the phone picture of his newborn son . His previous baby died from the suffication in bed, as they didn’t have crib and still failed to obtain. Emran and his wife are not heroin addicts, but their close family members are. Unsanitary Roma settlement In Vuk Vrcevic street, which is also called the Dump.

A young man under the influence of heroin. Unsanitary Roma settlement In Vuk Vrcevic street, which is also called the Dump.

Sami, a 38 year old heroin addict entering his home.

Sami, a 38 year old heroin addict lighting cigarete at his home in Vuk Vrcevic street. His legs are full of scars and he can hardly walk due to legs infection from intravenously heroin intake. He has 6 children, and his 16 year old daughter is a heroin addict too.

Sami, a 38 year old heroin addict sniffing Rivotril tablets.

A 16 year old girl who is a heroin addicts showing needles.

A heroin-addict father sends his 16 year old daughter off to get heroin for herself. In families of heroin addicts, children often follow in their parents' footsteps.

A young man showing his tatoo.

A boy and a pregnat girl playing football. Unsanitary Roma settlement In Vuk Vrcevic Street, which is also called the Dump.

A girl dressed in her most beautiful dress dancing nearby her home. Her father is a heroin addict.

A five year old girl Andjelina sitting with a purse and putting make up on, while having a dreamy look. She has two siblings and both of their parents are heroin addicts. Unsanitary Roma settlement In Vuk Vrcevic Street, which is also called the Dump.

Roma residents on the way to the traditional engagement celebration in their neighbourhood in Vuka Vrcevica street.

Traditional Roma engagement celebration in the unsanitary Roma settlement In Vuk Vrcevic Street, which is also called the Dump.

Traditional Roma costume at the engagement celebration in the unsanitary Roma settlement In Vuk Vrcevic Street, which is also called the Dump.

A girl at the traditional Roma engagement celebration in the unsanitary Roma settlement In Vuk Vrcevic Street, which is also called the Dump.

Traditional Roma engagement celebration in the unsanitary Roma settlement In Vuk Vrcevic Street, which is also called the Dump.

A boy in front of the tent where traditional Roma engagement celebration took place.

A girl in front of the tent where traditional Roma engagement celebration took place.

A woman who saved mouse from the trapp and keeps him in a cage as a pet in unsanitary Roma settlement In Vuk Vrcevic Street in Belgrade, which is also called the Dump.

A girl putting her make up on at her home.

A mother preparing dinner for her large family.

Children playing in Vuk Vrcevic Roma slum.

A happy girl at her home in the family where there is no addiction.

A young man having fun in a dirty pond in Roma settlement in Vuk Vrcevic street. Young people who are not part of drugs find joy in everyday life.

Children's play at the settlement.

Vuk Vrcevic street at night.

This man can't walk without support since he's got leg infection due to heroin injection. He was afraid for his life, since he needs antibiotics therapy to treat the infection, however he does't have health insurance, nor even ID.

Sami is 38 year old heroin addict.

Sami is 38 year old heroin addict.

Sami at his home.

Sami's friends at his home.

Father giving 16 year old daughter Rivotril tablets which they sniff. She is also heroin addict like her father.

At Sami's home.

One of Sami's children.

Sami after sniffing Rivotril tablets.

At Sami's home.

At Sami's home.

At Sami's home.

At Sami's home.