Wednesday, October 01, 2003

With the Roma in the news, I thought it worth taking a closer look at how Roma live. When I was living in Greece teaching my students told me: "the gypsies are rich, don't give them any money", but I could never reconcile this with what I saw with my own eyes: bedraggled women and children sitting on the streets begging, men standing on street corners at impromtu labour exchanges. It seems that the reality, as ever, is much more complicated than the stereotypes would suggest.

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