The war and the reconfiguration of borders has increased the vulnerability of Roma children, who were already in a precarious situation. Oleg, who lives in Toretsk, has not been able to receive a government benefit for his preschooler Angelina (pictured here with her father) and first grader Arseny. Their family has been separated – Oleg’s wife and two youngest children have moved to Donetsk. Their marriage was never registered and Oleg is not listed on his children’s birth certificates, which is why he cannot get the government benefits he is due for raising Angelina and Arseny. Without documents to prove his paternity, he also cannot take the children through roadblocks to their mother.
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