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Claudia Bercuta

Claudia Bercuta left Romania for a job in Germany in 1993. After another job in Spain, Claudia moved to France to be with family. Although life in France is better than life in Romania, Claudia has not found constant work in France. In Strasbourg she begs to support her family. She lives in an isolated caravan with her six year old son, Ellis. Claudia’s panel shows the power dynamic between women and men in Roma culture. The man in Claudia’s panel is heavy and powerful, while the woman is small and powerless. Claudia is intimately familiar with this inequality. Claudia says that most Roma families face domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence. Claudia is divorced and raises her son as a single parent. She sets a good example for Ellis- no smoking or drinking- and teaches him to respect women. She had a great time working on the project and is happy to have participated.

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Taken on May 18, 2011