Roma youngsters seek partners at bridal fair

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Roma youngsters seek partners at bridal fair

Poverty-stricken families strive to forge mutually-beneficial unions
Roma brides-to-be from the Kalaidzhi community prepare for so-called “Roma bridal market.” The Kalaidzhi, who represent only a small portion of Roma in Bulgaria, are almost all devout Orthodox Christians who keep teenage boys and girls separate.
This Saturday, March 23, 2013 photo shows elderly Roma women from the Kalaidzhi community having a chat during so called "Roma bridal market" . The Kalaidzhi, who represent only a small portion of the estimated 700,000 Roma in Bulgaria, are almost all devout Orthodox Christians who keep teenage boys and girls separate. Parents sometimes remove girls from school at 15 or even earlier to keep them from mixing with boys. The isolation is broken only by Internet chats and the twice-a-year bridal fairs. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)
This Saturday, March 23, 2013 photo shows people watching Roma girl and boy from the Kalaidzhi community dancing on the trunk of a car, during so called "Roma bridal market" . The Kalaidzhi, who represent only a small portion of the estimated 700,000 Roma in Bulgaria, are almost all devout Orthodox Christians who keep teenage boys and girls separate. Parents sometimes remove girls from school at 15 or even earlier to keep them from mixing with boys. The isolation is broken only by Internet chats and the twice-a-year bridal fairs. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

Roma youngsters seek partners at bridal fair

Roma brides-to-be from the Kalaidzhi community prepare for so-called “Roma bridal market.” The Kalaidzhi, who represent only a small portion of Roma in Bulgaria, are almost all devout Orthodox Christians who keep teenage boys and girls separate.
This Saturday, March 23, 2013 photo shows elderly Roma women from the Kalaidzhi community having a chat during so called "Roma bridal market" . The Kalaidzhi, who represent only a small portion of the estimated 700,000 Roma in Bulgaria, are almost all devout Orthodox Christians who keep teenage boys and girls separate. Parents sometimes remove girls from school at 15 or even earlier to keep them from mixing with boys. The isolation is broken only by Internet chats and the twice-a-year bridal fairs. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)
This Saturday, March 23, 2013 photo shows people watching Roma girl and boy from the Kalaidzhi community dancing on the trunk of a car, during so called "Roma bridal market" . The Kalaidzhi, who represent only a small portion of the estimated 700,000 Roma in Bulgaria, are almost all devout Orthodox Christians who keep teenage boys and girls separate. Parents sometimes remove girls from school at 15 or even earlier to keep them from mixing with boys. The isolation is broken only by Internet chats and the twice-a-year bridal fairs. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)
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