Site Profiles: Interviewee Areas of Kosovo
farmers can access most of their agricultural land. A few corrugated metal
shacks function as shops that are overpriced in comparison to Gracanica. They
are little-used. Preoce’s electricity is intermittent at best due to the age
of the transformer unit. Preoce’s phone lines are disabled.
is 98% unemployed. A few families receive social assistance from UNMIK. There is
little NGO activity.
has one primary school- a satellite
Roma Mahala is on the northern end of the village, at the edge of arable land.
The Mahala streets are unpaved; there is no functioning sewage system.
Roma, compared to undue attention focused on other, more visible Kosovo Mahalas,
are neglected by the international community. Preoce’s Roma benefit from
little NGO activity, with the exception of ineffective cultural celebrations
that last a day or two and then end. The
now-defunct NGO Children’s Aid Direct delivered food in Preoce as implementers
to UNHCR and the UN’s World Food Program, but these deliveries have since been
Who We Were, Who We Are: Kosovo Roma Oral Histories
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