Behind a wall of prejudices

6,500 inhabitants of the district Lunik IX, in the Slovak city of Košice, live nowadays completely isolated from the rest of the city. With (a percent age of) 99% of gipsy population, poverty, unemployment and marginalization entail day to day problems for neighbors struggling to get ahead in a complex context. Racism was even more emphasized after the construction of a barrier by neighbors in the adjacent neighborhood, a wall that is one of the examples of racial division that still exists in the European Union.

The situation of Lunik IX is not unique in its surroundings. Just twenty minutes by train from Košice, the town of Vel´ká Ida lives divided into two distinct areas. One, in which there are about two thousand white Slovaks, and another in which they try to survive approximately a thousand gypsies.