VT "is just supposed to be a site where people share impressions, tips, etc. on places where they have visited for any purpose at all. I only had time to research Sarajevo and Tuzla before our trip and I only read the comments of people with whom I have had some prior reason to believe that they were at least semi-reliable. There were no warnings nor dangers mentioned for Sarajevo but four of the seven which I read for Tuzla cautioned against responding in any way to the 'gypsies.' That may mean absolutely nothing or it could mean:
1. That there might be more Roma in Tuzla,
2. That the Roma in Tuzla are poorer,
3. That it will be easier to find the Roma in Tuzla.
4. Or, it could mean nothing at all."
The above paragraph is the crux of an email which I sent in July of 2006 to several friends with whom I was about to make the first of several trips to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), to see what we could do to reduce the plight of the Roma people.
We found two and three to both be true but we also found the Roma people throughout BiH to be a gracious people. They are, in fact, probably the poorest ethnic group in BiH, as they are in most places where they are found and they can be pretty persistent beggars but GENERALLY they will leave you alone if you are firm, and serious, in your rejection of their pleas.
How can a thinking person not hurt for these people?
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There's no risk or danger, but DO beware of the gypsies that will be asking you for half a mark. Just look uninterested, and if you give one gypsy half a mark there's another one coming just after him...
When you're in Korzo, try to avoid Gypsys in the street. And DEFINATELY do not give them any money. Also try to avoid eating Ice Cream in the Korzo, don't put it past them to beg and beg, or just plain take it.