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Roma in Serbia

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Arbanac Sofija and her 3-year old daughter Caka huddle under a blanket - provided by Church World Service - inside their meager home in an illegal Roma settlement in Belgrade, Serbia, in February 2012. The poor family has been told it will be evicted by city officials in March 2012 to make way for new high-rise office buildings.  In April 2012, the Serbian Orthodox family was forcibly evicted from the city center and given a metal shipping container in Makis, at the edge of Belgrade, where they could live. After several weeks, they were evicted from the shipping container because of her husband's repeated fights with his neighbors, and at the end of 2012 lived in an informal Roma squatter settlement in nearby Palilula. In 2009, they had been evicted from another settlement in Belgrade..