The Banlozi Roma settlement and former refugee camp for Roma that fled Balkan Wars in the early 1990s is situated on the outskirts north of Zenica  . Approximately seven kilometres away from Zenica . There is no regular supply of clean running water, the few existing toilets are in desperate condition. During winter, many residents here have no heating. Many of them often get sick, and some even die from the desperate living conditions .
To make the situation even worse for the Roma, since January 2012 there is permanent threat of eviction and dislocation of the Roma because the City Council of Zenica decided to build a waste water separator (project funded by German Development Bank- KFW and Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)) on the site of the Banlozi Roma settlement. Due to the waste water project Roma will be evicted and the settlement demolished  . The construction of the wastewater collector, the wastewater treatment plant, and other infrastructure is planned to begin by the end of 2019 .
The wastewater collection and treatment project would include the management and separation of municipal wastewater from industrial wastewater, i.e. separating the municipal sewerage network and industrial coal mines waste from ArcelorMittal mine complex .
As one of the local Roma inhabitants of Banlozi described: “you only have to put up a fence and this would be a real concentration camp” .
Thirty-eight Roma families are still waiting on the authorities to deliver on their promise of temporary social housing. But another eight families will be left on the "streets" as soon as the city council goes ahead with the demolition of the settlement and the waste water separator project .
"We have been already forcibly moved from Radakov to this Banlozi settlment" "We are all rejected". My son got sick at this [Banlozi] camp ." "The settlment we live in is spread with humidity, bacteria, and viruses". "Four children have lost their life only in 2018" . The Roma are not satisfied with their unclear situation, and fear the municipality could again evict them at any point .
A local Zenica Roma organization - Association of National Minorities from Zenica (UNM Zenica) contacted the European Roma Right Centre (ERRC) for support of the Roma residents’ legal battle against the Council’s plans to evict them. According to the association, the Roma families only received oral notification from the municipal authorities about the planned eviction. On June 25th, 2018, ERRC submitted a letter of concern to the City of Zenica regarding the planned eviction of the the Roma. However, no replay has been received, so far, from the authorities . (See less)