Roma Project – Untold Stories: Marianna Pongo, the artist in Gusev

Gusev is the larger of two Roma settlements in the Hungarian city of Nyiregyhaza. I visited the settlement back in October, to report on a school segregation case that had made headlines. As I reported in the New York Times, the court had ruled that the Greek Catholic Church was breaking anti-segregation laws by running a school in the settlement for Roma students, while keeping a much nicer school in the center city for non-Roma students. At the time of my visit, school officials had appealed that ruling, and the school itself was still open. The court ultimately rejected their appeal.
The following is from an interview with Marianna Pongo, an author and artist who grew up in the settlement, and who is raising her own son there, now.
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