Lunik IX is a district in Košice, almost entirely inhabited by Roma people. Around 4,500–6,000 people live there without running water or gas, with electricity only after 2 pm (if they pay €60 per month). It is like a ghetto surrounded by a mental wall. Nobody from the city go there because they are afraid of being robbed or beaten. More than 1,000 kids live there, go to school (located inside of the settlement) and play every day. Alcohol and drugs are a real problem there, mostly among boys. Even the youngest ones often smell glue or other products after which they feel intoxicated. There are also families who want a decent life and try to do everything to change that fate. They also have outsiders who want to help them – the clergy and ordinary volunteers.

Damian Lemański

Freelance photographer (PL)