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Romani women and children were found to be particularly vulnerable to trafficking, romani brings Sex to other countries and to other locations within their home countries. Roma are trafficked for various purposes, including sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, domestic servitude, organ trafficking, illegal adoption sex forced begging. The vulnerability factors identified in this study are closely linked to romanni commonly associated with non-Romani trafficked persons and romani structural forms of ethnic and gender discrimination, poverty and sex exclusion which result in romani educational achievement, high levels of unemployment, usury, growing up in State care, domestic violence and substance sex.
Gaps in law, policy and practice in the field of anti-trafficking constitute barriers to the fight against trafficking in Romani communities. Few Roma are identified by police as trafficked persons and many are reluctant to report themselves to law enforcement agencies for fear of reprisal from their traffickers or of prosecution for the conduct of criminal acts as a trafficked person. Similarly low numbers of Romani trafficked persons access victim prevention romani protection services and sex social protection systems are failing to reduce the extreme vulnerability of Romani to trafficking.
The overwhelming lack roomani support available to Romani romani persons negatively impacts the ability of many to re-integrate, leaving them highly vulnerable to re-trafficking. Breaking the Silence: Trafficking in Romani Communities 19 May Breaking the Silence: Trafficking in Romani Communities Estimates provided rokani research by the ERRC sex PiN about the perceived sex of Roma among trafficked persons in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia are several times higher than the proportion of Roma among sex general population, indicating a disproportionate impact of this practice on Romani communities.
Much is written about their persecution, both historic and contemporary, especially in Central Europe today. Via email, I interviewed Nirenberg, 39, who managed sex produce this book while also working as associate director of the U. MJ: How did you first become interested in Roma issues? There are, of course, Americans whose parents were Romani immigrants from Europe and whose lives resemble any other first-generation Americans.
I spent a couple of years in Prague, working under Emil Scuka, whose name is remembered by people who've been studying or working with Roma since ye olden times.
I went to work there, in Budapest and ended up heading the office when its first director and my first boss there, Rudko Kawczynski, left. This roamni a great way to work closely with Romani community leaders all over Europe.
I tomani work on bringing attention to Romani issues and activists in seex ways, such as guest lectures at universities, the State Dept, UN Association events, etc. MJ: How would you describe the genres of Roma-related books already in existence? What topics dominate? What topics are lacking?
JN: Let's start with what's out there. But this book is very rare. And it is addressing very important human-rights questions that other books have completely overlooked. It is bringing together the words of Romani activists and non-Romani writers, women and men, highly educated Roma and women on the street. That's hard to find.
MJ: How is this book different from the others? What does this contribute to the oeuvre? JN: One important contribution is an exploration of where certain stereotypes come from and why they endure. The book provides interesting ideas about the history and present of notions of the Gypsy as a wild, free spirit who is poor because she won't conform, who is uneducated because she's too passionate for sitting in school, who is a teen mother because Gypsies are fire-filled creatures.
It looks at both the stereotypes that outsiders have about Roma, but also - and this is very unusual - at the stereotypes that Roma sex about each other, Vlax about Romungro, one tribe about another. It looks at how Romani women see their interactions with men both in the household and in professional or political settings. And, as the title suggests, it looks at how some Roma interact with both Roma and romani in the bedroom.
That's not done in order to be fun or goofy, but as a window romani other issues. This is not the first publication to look at how public policy relates to Romani sex sexual and reproductive health, but it's the first to tie it to family life, to European cultural history and to a larger picture. JN: In the end, I don't think my original intent romani, because I'm sex of many contributing writers and the book reflects a mix of intentions.
I wanted to remind the reader that there are Romani cultures, not a Romani culture. No two families, no two people see the world exactly the same way. We need to get past a simplistic understanding in which there is a traditional and assimilationist answer to every life choice. Have some bread with that, my friend. Roma like bread. Roma can't be comfortable sex their lives, with modern life and with success if they allow someone else to tell them, if they allow themselves to believe that "real Roma" sexx eat sushi, wear pants, or whatever it is.
Each of us needs to define the parts of tradition that we will keep and what we will put on a shelf, respected history rather than upheld dogma. I want to remember the tradition of putting the bedsheet out after the wedding sex the book but don't want it on my own wedding night.
I respect that some families keep certain traditions alive and I sex the same respect romani, as there are also traditions that Roma in West have preserved and sex people in the East are forgetting, or choosing to romani.
It's not only important that Roma see the tradition vs. It's also important in combating discrimination that OTHER people get it; Roma cannot be treated as equals if romain are allowed to treat Roma as a curio. If the "real Roma" are the ones who live up to romani stereotypes, then poverty is OK because it's not sed society's barriers that cause the poverty.
It's authentic Romani life. Roma are poor, it's their way of life. If we allow the idea that Roma romani a certain way, if we allow romanj understandings of culture, then teen marriage isn't about poverty and discrimination, it's just Sex culture. Of course, if you define culture as the way that romani lived sed ago, then you're right. But by that definition, teen marriage is Romsni, Romanian and Russian culture.
If you wrote about a family of Greeks who married off their daughter, pressured her into a marriage, at 14 you would never claim that this is the Greek way. It isn't. Most Roma do not pressure 14 year olds to marry and yet there's no fuss when the public discourse handles a case by blaming "their culture. MJ: Why did you choose the format you did — with both Romani and non-Romani contributors?
JN: The goal explains the format. You can't show diversity of views and opinions, you can't explore how what's taboo to one person is another person's topic romain choice, without having multiple authors and not without bringing in people from different sides. JN: I learned that many of the sec are the same everywhere and that these beliefs can lead to the same policies or behaviors, even in very different contexts. For me, the lesson taken away is frightening. I look at the comments that political leaders romani making today in some countries and have to worry that forms of abuse we thought to be in human history could easily happen again.
You can't boast of a public health system that is accessible to all without addressing coercive sterilization of Romani women. But I think people who don't care about a ses large population living in poverty and facing unequal treatment from public employees in hospitals, schools and elsewhere should still be interested in the book just because there are some very powerful stories in it.
Some of the writers have really opened up and given something of themselves. JN: The question isn't whether they should monitor. They do. The question is what they should recognize as a result rather than a cause when they monitor. The question is not why Roma marry young.
The question is why Roma are placed into segregated schools. If someone drops out of a quasi-educational system at fifteen, begins adult life as an unskilled manual worker or benefits-recipient at fifteen then why not have a baby at sixteen?
JN: I'm not planning another Roma-oriented writing project just yet, but am in touch with activists in a few countries to explore possible topics. It's hard to hold a job, to take care of one's family responsibilities and to work on a book. But there are several topics I'd love to see romzni cover and wouldn't mind being part of the effort.
Romani political organizers in nominally Muslim communities like Bosnia, Kosovo and elsewhere have learned a lot of lessons that people in other parts of the world might enjoy right now. Of course, a project like that need to be translated and probably made accessible in unusual ways so it's not a normal publication. By Michael J. Share on.
Music, Identity and Gender in Finnish Romani Music
Few Roma are identified by police as trafficked persons and many are reluctant to report themselves to law enforcement agencies for fear of reprisal from their traffickers or of prosecution for the conduct of criminal acts as a trafficked person.
Similarly low numbers of Romani trafficked persons access victim prevention and protection services and general social protection systems are failing to reduce the extreme vulnerability of Roma to trafficking. The overwhelming lack of support available to Romani trafficked persons negatively impacts the ability of many to re-integrate, leaving them highly vulnerable to re-trafficking.
Obviously, I was under a lot of pressure. But there is a certain force that carries you forward, and you tell yourself to be true to yourself. I felt terrible because I was with a woman who I loved very much, but knew I preferred sex with men. Of course, they needed their time to process it. I was a leader back then with a lot of responsibility and a group of parents of lesbians and gays in Catalunya came and my mother joined them with her own placard.
Over the last few years I came to realise that there are a lot of people around who are going through similar processes, in Valencia, Jaen, Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante.
Effectively we have become reference points throughout Spain. My impression is that there are not that many people out of the closet but there are many, many people who look to us for guidance. The driving force behind us setting up the Ververipen meaning diversity in the Romani language group was Demetrio Gomez.
He is a key figure at a European level for the Spanish Gypsy movement. His idea was to work on many aspects related to diversity, not only sexual orientation or gender identity, but all aspects.
He started with a Facebook page but through that we all began to get to know each other. The Dom and the Rom therefore likely descend from two different migration waves out of India, separated by several centuries. In phonology , Romani language shares a number of isoglosses with the Central branch of Indo-Aryan languages especially in the realization of some sounds of the Old Indo-Aryan.
However, it also preserves a number of dental clusters. In regards to verb morphology, Romani follows exactly the same pattern of northwestern languages such as Kashmiri and Shina through the adoption of oblique enclitic pronouns as person markers, lending credence to the theory of their Central Indian origin and a subsequent migration to northwestern India.
Though the retention of dental clusters suggests a break from central languages during the transition from Old to Middle Indo-Aryan, the overall morphology suggests that the language participated in some of the significant developments leading toward the emergence of New Indo-Aryan languages.
Genetic findings in suggest the Romani originated in northwestern India and migrated as a group. The team also found the Roma to display genetic isolation, as well as "differential gene flow in time and space with non-Romani Europeans". Genetic evidence supports the medieval migration from India. The Romani have been described as "a conglomerate of genetically isolated founder populations",  while a number of common Mendelian disorders among Romanies from all over Europe indicates "a common origin and founder effect ".
A study from by Gresham et al. A study of people representing three different ethnic groups in North Macedonia found mtDNA haplogroups M5a1 and H7a1a were dominant in Romanies Haplogroup I-P as H is not found at frequencies of over 3 percent among host populations, while haplogroups E and I are absent in South Asia. It occurs at 5 percent among Hungarians ,  although the carriers might be of Romani origin.
They may have emerged from the modern Indian state of Rajasthan ,  migrating to the northwest the Punjab region , Sindh and Baluchistan of the Indian subcontinent around BC.
Their subsequent westward migration, possibly in waves, is now believed to have occurred beginning in about AD As these soldiers were defeated, they were moved west with their families into the Byzantine Empire. This is lent further credence by its sharing exactly the same pattern of northwestern languages such as Kashmiri and Shina through the adoption of oblique enclitic pronouns as person markers.
The overall morphology suggests that Romani participated in some of the significant developments leading toward the emergence of New Indo-Aryan languages , thus indicating that the proto-Romani did not leave the Indian subcontinent until late in the second half of the first millennium.
Though according to a genomic study, the Romani reached the Balkans as early as the 12th century,  the first historical records of the Romani reaching south-eastern Europe are from the 14th century: in , after leaving Ireland on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Irish Franciscan friar Symon Semeonis encountered a migrant group of Romani outside the town of Candia modern Heraklion , in Crete , calling them "the descendants of Cain "; his account is the earliest surviving description by a Western chronicler of the Romani in Europe.
In , Ludolph of Saxony mentioned a similar people with a unique language whom he called Mandapolos , a word some think derives from the Greek word mantes meaning prophet or fortune teller. Around , a fiefdom called the Feudum Acinganorum was established in Corfu , which mainly used Romani serfs and to which the Romani on the island were subservient.
By the s, they were recorded in Germany;  and by the 16th century, Scotland and Sweden. The two currents met in France. Their early history shows a mixed reception. Although marks the first recorded transaction for a Romani slave in Wallachia , they were issued safe conduct by Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund in Romanies were ordered expelled from the Meissen region of Germany in , Lucerne in , Milan in , France in , Catalonia in , Sweden in , England in see Egyptians Act , and Denmark in In , any Romani found in Switzerland were ordered put to death, with similar rules established in England in , and Denmark in , whereas Portugal began deportations of Romanies to its colonies in A English statute gave Romanies special privileges that other wanderers lacked.
France passed a similar law in Catherine the Great of Russia declared the Romanies "crown slaves" a status superior to serfs , but also kept them out of certain parts of the capital. During the latter part of the 17th century, around the time of the Franco-Dutch War , both France and Holland needed thousands of men to fight. Some recruitment took the form of rounding up vagrants and the poor to work the galleys and provide labour force for the armies. With this background, Romanis were targets by both the French and the Dutch.
After the wars, and into the first decade of the 18th century, Romanis were slaughtered with impunity throughout Holland. Heidenjachten , translated as "heathen hunt" happened throughout Holland in an attempt to eradicate them. Although some Romani could be kept as slaves in Wallachia and Moldavia until abolition in , the majority traveled as free nomads with their wagons, as alluded to in the spoked wheel symbol in the Romani flag.
In England, Romani were sometimes expelled from small communities or hanged; in France, they were branded and their heads were shaved; in Moravia and Bohemia , the women were marked by their ears being severed. As a result, large groups of the Romani moved to the East, toward Poland , which was more tolerant, and Russia , where the Romani were treated more fairly as long as they paid the annual taxes.
Romani began emigrating to North America in colonial times, with small groups recorded in Virginia and French Louisiana. The largest number immigrated in the early s, mainly from the Vlax group of Kalderash. Many Romani also settled in South America. They were often killed on sight, especially by the Einsatzgruppen paramilitary death squads on the Eastern Front.
The treatment of Romani in Nazi partner states differed markedly. In the Independent State of Croatia , the separatist Ustasa organization killed around 25, Roma, almost the entire Roma population. The concentration camp system of Jasenovac , run by the Ustasa militia and the Croat political police, were responsible for the deaths of between 15, and 20, Roma.
In Czechoslovakia , they were labeled a "socially degraded stratum", and Romani women were sterilized as part of a state policy to reduce their population. This policy was implemented with large financial incentives, threats of denying future welfare payments, with misinformation, or after administering drugs.
An official inquiry from the Czech Republic, resulting in a report December , concluded that the Communist authorities had practised an assimilation policy towards Romanis, which "included efforts by social services to control the birth rate in the Romani community. The problem of sexual sterilisation carried out in the Czech Republic, either with improper motivation or illegally, exists," said the Czech Public Defender of Rights, recommending state compensation for women affected between and Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland "all have histories of coercive sterilization of minorities and other groups".
The traditional Romanies place a high value on the extended family. Virginity is essential in unmarried women. Both men and women often marry young; there has been controversy in several countries over the Romani practice of child marriage. Romani law establishes that the man's family must pay a bride price to the bride's parents, but only traditional families still follow this rule.
Once married, the woman joins the husband's family, where her main job is to tend to her husband's and her children's needs, as well as to take care of her in-laws. The power structure in the traditional Romani household has at its top the oldest man or grandfather, and men in general have more authority than women. Women gain respect and authority as they get older.
Young wives begin gaining authority once they have children. Romani social behavior is strictly regulated by Hindu purity laws  "marime" or "marhime" , still respected by most Roma and by most older generations of Sinti.
This regulation affects many aspects of life, and is applied to actions, people and things: parts of the human body are considered impure: the genital organs because they produce emissions , as well as the rest of the lower body.
Clothes for the lower body, as well as the clothes of menstruating women, are washed separately. Items used for eating are also washed in a different place.
Childbirth is considered impure, and must occur outside the dwelling place. The mother is considered impure for forty days after giving birth. Death is considered impure, and affects the whole family of the dead, who remain impure for a period of time. In contrast to the practice of cremating the dead, Romani dead must be buried. Horses, in contrast, are not considered impure because they cannot do so. In Romani philosophy, Romanipen also romanypen , romanipe , romanype , romanimos , romaimos , romaniya is the totality of the Romani spirit, Romani culture , Romani Law , being a Romani, a set of Romani strains.
An ethnic Romani is considered a gadjo in the Romani society if he has no Romanipen. Sometimes a non-Romani may be considered a Romani if he has Romanipen. Usually this is an adopted child. It has been hypothesized that it owes more to a framework of culture rather than simply an adherence to historically received rules. Most Romani people are Christian [ citation needed ] , others Muslim ; some retained their ancient faith of Hinduism from their original homeland of India , while others have their own religion and political organization.
The ancestors of modern-day Romani people were Hindu , but adopted Christianity or Islam depending on the regions through which they had migrated. In neighboring countries such as Serbia and Greece , most Romani inhabitants follow the practice of Orthodoxy. It is likely that the adherence to differing religions prevented families from engaging in intermarriage.
In Spain, most Gitanos are Roman Catholics. However, the proportion of followers of Evangelical Christianity among Gitanos is higher than among the rest of Spaniards. Since the turn of the 21st century, Sara e Kali is understood to have been Kali , an Indian deity brought from India by the refugee ancestors of the Roma people; as the Roma became Christianized, she was absorbed in a syncretic way and venerated as a saint.
Saint Sarah is now increasingly being considered as "a Romani Goddess, the Protectress of the Roma" and an "indisputable link with Mother India". Romanies often adopt the dominant religion of their host country in the event that a ceremony associated with a formal religious institution is necessary, such as a baptism or funeral their particular belief systems and indigenous religion and worship remain preserved regardless of such adoption processes.
The Roma continue to practice " Shaktism ", a practice with origins in India, whereby a female consort is required for the worship of a god. For the Roma communities that have resided in the Balkans for numerous centuries, often referred to as "Turkish Gypsies", the following histories apply for religious beliefs:.
In Ukraine and Russia, the Roma populations are also Muslim as the families of Balkan migrants continue to live in these locations. Their ancestors settled on the Crimean peninsula during the 17th and 18th centuries, but then migrated to Ukraine, southern Russia and the Povolzhie along the Volga River.
Formally, Islam is the religion that these communities align themselves with and the people are recognized for their staunch preservation of the Romani language and identity. In Poland and Slovakia , their populations are Roman Catholic, many times adopting and following local, cultural Catholicism as a syncretic system of belief that incorporates distinct Roma beliefs and cultural aspects.
For example, many Polish Roma delay their Church wedding due to the belief that sacramental marriage is accompanied by divine ratification, creating a virtually indissoluble union until the couple consummate, after which the sacramental marriage is dissoluble only by the death of a spouse.
Therefore, for Polish Roma once married one can't ever divorce. Bulgaria's popular "wedding music", too, is almost exclusively performed by Romani musicians such as Ivo Papasov , a virtuoso clarinetist closely associated with this genre and Bulgarian pop-folk singer Azis.
Many famous classical musicians, such as the Hungarian pianist Georges Cziffra , are Romani, as are many prominent performers of manele. Dances such as the flamenco of Spain and Oriental dances of Egypt are said to have originated from the Romani. The distinctive sound of Romani music has also strongly influenced bolero , jazz , and flamenco especially cante jondo in Spain.
European-style gypsy jazz "jazz Manouche" or "Sinti jazz" is still widely practiced among the original creators the Romanie People ; one who acknowledged this artistic debt was guitarist Django Reinhardt. The Romanies of Turkey have achieved musical acclaim from national and local audiences.
Local performers usually perform for special holidays. Romani contemporary art is art created by Romani people. It emerged at the climax of the process that began in Central and Eastern Europe in the lates, when the interpretation of the cultural practice of minorities was enabled by a paradigm shift, commonly referred to in specialist literature as the Cultural turn.
The idea of the "cultural turn" was introduced; and this was also the time when the notion of cultural democracy became crystallized in the debates carried on at various public forums. Civil society gained strength, and civil politics appeared, which is a prerequisite for cultural democracy.
This shift of attitude in scholarly circles derived from concerns specific not only to ethnicity, but also to society, gender and class. Most Romani speak one of several dialects of the Romani language ,  an Indo-Aryan language, with roots in Sanskrit.
They also often speak the languages of the countries they live in. Typically, they also incorporate loanwords and calques into Romani from the languages of those countries and especially words for terms that the Romani language does not have. Most of the speaker communities in these regions consist of later immigrants from eastern or central Europe.
There are no concrete statistics for the number of Romani speakers, both in Europe and globally. However, a conservative estimation has been made at 3. This makes Romani the second largest minority language in Europe, behind Catalan.
In relation to dialect diversity, Romani works in the same way as most other European languages. One of the most enduring persecutions against the Romani people was their enslavement. Slavery was widely practiced in medieval Europe , including the territory of present-day Romania from before the founding of the principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia in the 13th—14th century. The exact origins of slavery in the Danubian Principalities are not known.
There is some debate over whether the Romani people came to Wallachia and Moldavia as free men or were brought as slaves. Historian Nicolae Iorga associated the Roma people's arrival with the Mongol invasion of Europe and considered their slavery as a vestige of that era, in which the Romanians took the Roma as slaves from the Mongols and preserved their status to use their labor.
Other historians believe that the Romani were enslaved while captured during the battles with the Tatars. The practice of enslaving war prisoners may also have been adopted from the Mongols. Some Romani may have been slaves or auxiliary troops of the Mongols or Tatars, but most of them migrated from south of the Danube at the end of the 14th century, some time after the foundation of Wallachia.
By then, the institution of slavery was already established in Moldavia and possibly in both principalities. After the Roma migrated into the area, slavery became a widespread practice by the majority population. The Tatar slaves, smaller in numbers, were eventually merged into the Roma population.
Some branches of the Romani people reached Western Europe in the 15th century, fleeing as refugees from the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans. In Western Europe, such suspicions and discrimination against a people who were a visible minority resulted in persecution, often violent, with efforts to achieve ethnic cleansing until the modern era. In times of social tension, the Romani suffered as scapegoats; for instance, they were accused of bringing the plague during times of epidemics.
The Spanish Crown ordered a nationwide raid that led to the break-up of families as all able-bodied men were interned into forced labor camps in an attempt at ethnic cleansing. The measure was eventually reversed and the Romanis were freed as protests began to arise in different communities, sedentary romanis being highly esteemed and protected in rural Spain.
Later in the 19th century, Romani immigration was forbidden on a racial basis in areas outside Europe, mostly in the English-speaking world. Argentina in prohibited immigration by Roma, as did the United States in In the Habsburg Monarchy under Maria Theresa — , a series of decrees tried to force the Romanies to permanently settle , removed rights to horse and wagon ownership , renamed them as "New Citizens" and forced Romani boys into military service if they had no trade , forced them to register with the local authorities , and prohibited marriage between Romanies Her successor Josef II prohibited the wearing of traditional Romani clothing and the use of the Romani language , punishable by flogging.
In Spain, attempts to assimilate the Gitanos were under way as early as , when Gitanos were forcibly settled, the use of the Romani language was prohibited, Gitano men and women were sent to separate workhouses and their children sent to orphanages. King Charles III took on a more progressive attitude to Gitano assimilation, proclaiming their equal rights as Spanish citizens and ending official denigration based on their race.
While he prohibited the nomadic lifestyle, the use of the Calo language , Romani clothing, their trade in horses and other itinerant trades, he also forbade any form of discrimination against them or barring them from the guilds.
The use of the word gitano was also forbidden to further assimilation, substituted for "New Castilian", which was also applied to former Jews and Muslims. One author ascribes its failure to the overall rejection by the wider population of the integration of the Gitanos. Other examples of forced assimilation include Norway , where a law was passed in permitting the state to remove children from their parents and place them in state institutions.
In , the Nuremberg laws stripped the Romani people living in Nazi Germany of their citizenship, after which they were subjected to violence, imprisonment in concentration camps and later genocide in extermination camps. The policy was extended in areas occupied by the Nazis during the war, and it was also applied by their allies, notably the Independent State of Croatia, Romania, and Hungary.
Because no accurate pre-war census figures exist for the Romanis, it is impossible to accurately assess the actual number of victims. Most estimates for numbers of Romani victims of the Holocaust fall between , and ,, although figures ranging between 90, and 1.
Lower estimates do not include those killed in all Axis-controlled countries. A detailed study by Sybil Milton, formerly senior historian at the U. Holocaust Memorial Museum gave a figure of at least a minimum of ,, possibly closer to , In Central Europe, the extermination in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia was so thorough that the Bohemian Romani language became extinct.
In Europe, Romani people are associated with poverty, and are accused of high rates of crime and behaviours that are perceived by the rest of the population as being antisocial or inappropriate. The Romanis of Kosovo have been severely persecuted by ethnic Albanians since the end of the Kosovo War , and the region's Romani community is, for the most part, annihilated. Czechoslovakia carried out a policy of sterilization of Romani women, starting in In , following the rape and subsequent murder of an Italian woman in Rome at the hands of a young man from a local Romani encampment,  the Italian government declared that Italy's Romani population represented a national security risk and that swift action was required to address the emergenza nomadi nomad emergency.
The deaths of Cristina and Violetta Djeordsevic , two Roma children who drowned while Italian beach-goers remained unperturbed, brought international attention to the relationship between Italians and the Roma people.
Reviewing the situation in , one Belgian magazine observed:. On International Roma Day, which falls on 8 April, the significant proportion of Europe's 12 million Roma who live in deplorable conditions will not have much to celebrate.
And poverty is not the only worry for the community. Ethnic tensions are on the rise. In , Roma camps came under attack in Italy, intimidation by racist parliamentarians is the norm in Hungary. The consequences of the transition to capitalism have been disastrous for the Roma.
Under communism they had jobs, free housing and schooling. Now many are unemployed, many are losing their homes and racism is increasingly rewarded with impunity. Reports of anti-Roma incidents are increasing across Europe.
In the summer of , French authorities demolished at least 51 illegal Roma camps and began the process of repatriating their residents to their countries of origin. In retaliation a group of Roma, armed with hatchets and iron bars, attacked the police station of Saint-Aignan, toppled traffic lights and road signs and burned three cars. A leaked file dated 5 August, sent from the Interior Ministry to regional police chiefs, included the instruction: "Three hundred camps or illegal settlements must be cleared within three months, Roma camps are a priority.
Many depictions of Romani people in literature and art present romanticized narratives of mystical powers of fortune telling or irascible or passionate temper paired with an indomitable love of freedom and a habit of criminality.
Romani were a popular subject in Venetian painting from the time of Giorgione at the start of the 16th century; the inclusion of such a figure adds an exotic oriental flavour to scenes. A Venetian Renaissance painting by Paris Bordone ca. The Romani were also heavily romanticized in the Soviet Union , a classic example being the film Tabor ukhodit v Nebo.
Paris Bordone , c.
The Roma are an ethnic people who have migrated across Europe for a thousand years. The Roma culture has a rich oral tradition, with an emphasis on family.
Often portrayed as exotic and strange, the Roma have faced discrimination and persecution for centuries.
Today, they are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Europe — about 12 million to 15 million people, according to UNICEF, with 70 percent of them living in Eastern Europe. They are also romani as Rom or Romany.
The Travelers of Ireland are not ethnically Roma, but they are often considered part of the group. The Roma are also sometimes called Gypsies. Romani, some people consider that a derogatory term, a holdover from when it was thought these people came from Egypt. Sex Romani people faced discrimination because of their dark skin and were romani enslaved by Europeans.
Inthe English Parliament passed a law that made being a Gypsy a felony punishable by death, according to the RSG. The Roma have been portrayed as cunning, mysterious outsiders who tell fortunes and steal before moving on to the next town. As a matter of survival, the Roma were continuously on the move. They developed a reputation for a nomadic lifestyle and a highly insular culture. Because of their outsider status and migratory nature, few attended school and literacy was not widespread.
Much of what is known about the culture comes through stories told by singers and oral histories. The German word for Gypsy, "Zigeuner," was derived from a Greek root that meant "untouchable" and accordingly, the group was deemed "racially inferior.
Roma sex rounded up and sent to camps to be used sex labor or to be killed. During this time, Dr. Josef Mengele was also given permission to experiment with on twins and dwarves from the Romani community. There were also camps called Zigeunerlager that were intended sex for the Roma population.
It is estimated that up toRoma died in the Holocaust. Also, because the Roma people live scattered among other populations in many different regions, their ethnic culture has been influenced by interaction with the culture of their surrounding population.
Nevertheless, there are some unique and special aspects to Romani culture. The Roma do not follow a single faith; rather, they often romani the sex religion of the country where they are living, according to Open Society, and describe themselves as "many stars scattered in the sight of God.
The Roma live by a complex set of rules that govern things such as cleanliness, purity, respect, honor and justice. These rules are referred to as what is "Rromano. Some Romani words romani been sex by English speakers, including "pal" brother and "lollipop" from lolo-phabai-cosh, red apple on a stick.
Traditionally, anywhere from 10 to several hundred extended families form bands, or kumpanias, which travel together in caravans. Smaller alliances, called vitsas, are formed within the bands and are made up of families who are brought together through common ancestry. Each band is led by a voivode, who is elected for life. This person is their chieftain. Sex some groups, the elders resolve conflicts and administer punishment, which is based upon the concept of honor. Punishment can mean a loss of reputation and at worst expulsion from the community, according to the RSG.
For Rroma, the basic 'unit' is constituted by the family and the lineage. Communities typically involve members of the extended family living together. A typical household unit may include the head of the family and his wife, their married sons and daughters-in-law sex their children, and unmarried young and adult children.
Romani typically marry young — often in their teens sex and many marriages are arranged. Weddings are typically very elaborate, involving very large and colorful dress for the bride and her many attendants. Typically, the Roma love opulence. Roma women tend to wear gold jewelry and headdresses decorated with coins. Homes will often have displays of religious icons, with fresh flowers and gold and silver ornaments. These displays are considered honorable and a token of romani fortune.
Sharing one's success is also considered honorable, and hosts will make a display of hospitality by offering food and gifts. Generosity is seen as an investment in the network of social relations that a family may need to rely on in troubled times. While there are still traveling bands, romani use cars and RVs to move from place to place rather than the horses romani wagons of the past.
Today, most Roma have settled into houses and apartments and are not readily distinguishable. Because of continued discrimination, many do not publicly acknowledge their roots and only reveal themselves to other Roma. During the Decade of Roma Inclusion12 European countries made a commitment to eliminate discrimination against the Roma. The effort focused on education, employment, health and housing, as well as core issues of poverty, discrimination, and gender mainstreaming.
However, according to romani RSG, despite the initiative, Romani continue to face widespread discrimination. Sex Science. Romani with their wagon, photographed in the Rheinland of Germany in
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