A recent article about the Roma community at Votanikos from the national newspaper Eleftheros Typos (in Greek). It looks at the health and fire risks that arise from salvaging copper which involves burning cables. The community sells the copper to make some sort of livelihood. The dioxins emitted cause cancer and can have lasting harmful effects on the food chain in the region.
Eva Zimaraki, a member of a neighbourhood association against burning cables, said
We do not want repression. We are asking to find a solution to enable them to survive
One solution that is being suggested is a collaboration with recycling companies in order to secure a safe occupation for the community and a valuable resource for the city. However, as with all developments for the Roma, nothing has been achieved.
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