Ljubljana Daily Photo

Saturday, May 06, 2006

When I moved here just over two years ago, one of the things that I noticed straight away was that there were no street beggars, or people sleeping doorways. After growing up in Brighton, and then living a year in Rome, this made a refreshing change to me, although I did wonder when they would arrive.
That time has come. Every day for about 6 months now, the population of beggars has been increasing, and now with the sun being out, more and more are popping up all around the centre.
The locals aren't very friendly to these people, (which in my opinion is actually a good thing because you don't want to encourage them), mainly because they aren't Slovenian and don't even speak Slovenian, they're not even Balkan people (who usually the Slovenes would show some sympathy to), but they are gypsies, or to use the proper name, Roma.
I will be honest here, I think it is a shame that such a beautiful, picturesque city centre has been hijacked by this community of pests, and the Police should be stronger in this situation. It's not god enough just to come and tell them to move along, they'll be back 5 minutes later, and they'll have 2 friends with them!
I snapped this woman yesterday afternoon standing on one of the main streets right in the centre of town. The sign reads; Hungry on the street, Please help.


At 3:30 pm, Blogger Marieta said...

we have the same problem in South Africa, but here it is totally out of control. At allmost every red light, there is someone begging for money (drunk most of the time)

At 3:53 pm, Blogger Rob said...

Interesting point of view. What do think the police should do?

At 5:04 pm, Blogger ljubljana_photo said...

I think that they should be taken in by the police, checked, and when they are shown to be illegally here, shipped out.
Slovenia has to be tougher since becoming an EU member, especially as it has borders to the balkan states and out of europe.

At 5:43 am, Blogger heidi said...

I work for a nonprofit and these people are our clients-I do think we have to address the problem-but not by arresting them. That is sweeping the problem under the carpet. Why are they there? Where were they before summer? Are they part of a troop of people? I know there have been studies of undercover gypsy anthropologists. The thing is, I don't know much about Europeon homeless. Is this a scam or a way of life they have chosen?

Our chronic homeless are, in the Chicago area are made up of people who are mentally ill, victims of domestic violence and drug users mostly. This person looks, judging by her thinness, like a drug user, methanphedamine or crack.

We have been living with the homeless population for 30 years.

I think it's sad.


At 8:52 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The global economy is finally working its magic! Freedom from hunger and pain for everyone! These people are not criminals and they aren't gypsies, they are just manifesting the effects of the new global economic system starting in areas of the world that never had to deal with the problems of homelessness before. Better check your karma - it might happen that the global economy sets up a Wal-Mart in your city and then you might become homless yourself!

At 2:04 pm, Blogger ljubljana_photo said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Anonymous. As warped as they may be. ;-)

At 2:24 pm, Blogger Kris said...

Personally, sometimes I would pay to the older beggers. However to the younger ones, I wonder how they could just stripped their dignity and beg on the streets ? May be its hard for them to look for job? Roma are always being discriminated without given a chance..


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