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“Luli (Roma) Girl” by Damon Lynch

Category: PEOPLE

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, June 2011

For many Tajiks, Romas are probably the most disliked of all social groups. Although they constitute a tiny percentage of Tajikistan's population, they are highly visible because they beg. Tajiks often wondered why I bothered to photograph them, let alone befriend them. This Roma girl was with two other Roma girls. One of them I had photographed the year before. When her companion and I realized we'd met before, she excitedly told the other two girls about the set of prints I had previously given her. At this point their head scarfs were immediately removed and a new set of photos requested. I was more than happy to obey. Photo courtesy Damon Lynch

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Taken on June 23, 2011