Seferovic, right, is the first Roma elected to head a municipal council in Bosnia.
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Today, Redzo Seferovic is the first Roma elected to head a municipal council in Bosnia.Seferovic has had his share of insults like other Roma throughout the Balkans, including some 50,000 to 75,000 in Bosnia out of a total population of 3.5 million.Seferovic is an atypical Roma – he is a professional fireman while 95 percent of his fellow Roma in Bosnia are unemployed, according to a 2015 study of the Sarajevo-based Atlantic Initiative non-governmental organization.Seferovic said he was the only Roma in Zavidovici to have a job.The town's 750 Roma are the poorest of the poor and live separately in three districts.HRW warned that due to a lack of a free and universal birth registration system, many Roma do not figure on the national public registry that records births, deaths and marriages.Another neighbor, Meho Jusic, said the Roma lived on the fringes of society.
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