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A Roma girl poses for a photo in Rudaki Park in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Roma (gypsy) people in Central Asia are a subgroup of the Dom people, who likely emigrated from Multan, Pakistan many centuries ago. In Tajikistan they are known as Jughis, or sometimes Lyulis or Lulis. However they prefer the term Mugat (also spelled Mughat). For many Tajiks, Roma are probably the most disliked of all social groups. They face police harassment and are often discriminated against by ordinary citizens. Although they constitute a tiny percentage of Tajikistan’s population, probably numbering from several thousand to perhaps a few tens of thousands, they are highly visible because of their distinctive clothes and their begging. Photo taken on October 03, 2013.

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