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Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms

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Plovdiv - Monday 17 October 2016 - Meeting with the inhabitants of Stolipinovo

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Message from October 17, 2016 in Stolipinovo, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

During the last months, we were meeting people in the neighbourhood of Stolipinovo, in Plovdiv - Bulgaria. With inhabitants facing poverty and discrimination, we have been writing some of their sentences on the chairs we were sitting on while sharing, or on the wooden cubes created with a craftsman from Stolipinovo.

On the occasion of October 17, 2016, we continued to speak with inhabitants and also some children have drawn what is important for them on the cubes.

Some of their sentences, their thoughts have been gathered and included in this text, along with photographic materials in order to visualise the cubes:

Our biggest problems are the electricity, the water and the registration, the documents.

- Everything needs to be fixed, to be repaired; we cannot live in such filth. The playgrounds need to be repaired so that the children will not have to play in the dirt. The basements are filled with water to the top; the block is going to collapse.

- Life is very difficult, I am poor, I don’t have electricity.

- For 35 years I have not had any water supply in the apartment. I cannot live without water.

- The live in the illegal houses, without electricity and without water supply, it is so difficult that my grandson is in the hospital.

- How many people are living in such a small room – the father, the mother and their three children?

During the cold months, in the blocks or in the small kiosks in front of them, people light their stoves with everything they can find like car tyres... Due to the smoke, the children cannot breathe inside the apartments.

May God give everybody health.

We draw our power from God. It doesn’t come from us.

In order to understand the future, you need to get to know the past.

I am Bulgarian, but the state doesn’t recognize anything. We are kind of Alien.

I want to have my own house, not to live in misery;

I want my son to have a life like all other children;

But poverty is ongoing;

Whatever we do, nothing helps.

The hard life unites people. How boring and ugly the life would be if there was only one flower?

Event description

Stolipinovo
Plovdiv
Bulgaria