Nadka lives in a Roma area of the Bulgarian city of Assenovgrad. The studious 12-year-old dreams of becoming a cook. She certainly doesn't want to marry at the age of 16 like many other girls she knows.
Bulgaria's second city has been inaugurated as European Capital of Culture 2019, an honor it shares with the Italian city of Matera. Under the motto "Together," Plovdiv kicks off a yearlong celebration of culture.
The thousands of Roma from Bulgaria's Stolipinovo enclave who commute to Germany to earn an income are referred to as "the Germans." During the summer they return – and are slowly changing the area.
Europe’s biggest minority is the Roma who face widespread discrimination. Many live in ghetto like settlements which are sometimes threatened with demolition by authorities. Kids often have to go to segregated schools and don't find a job after their education because of their ethnicity. But some Roma are making their way out of poverty and segregation. Lea Albrecht met two of them in Brussels.
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