Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hindus and Jews ask new Sofia mayor to urgently improve Roma plight

My post a few days ago about Hindus urging Yordanka Fandakova to help Roma out of poverty and discrimination needs to be expanded. Rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich, prominent Jewish leader in Nevada and California in USA joined Rajan Zed, acclaimed Hindu statesman in a joint statement in Nevada on the 22nd of November, saying that mayor Fandakova should make Roma upliftment her first priority as their maltreatment was a dark stain on the face of Sofia and Bulgaria.

Thank you, thank you!

The Roma suffered right alongside the Jews during the Holocaust, or in the Romani language, O Porrajmos (meaning "the great devouring."). This fact is so frequently overlooked! The Holocaust Museum in Washington DC has only a corner of the third floor dedicated to the Roma's suffering when half of the Roma population was wiped out by the Nazis! Roma children were a favorite of Nazi doctors for their torture experiments, such as injecting them with salt water and so many unspeakable sexual and physical acts of violence and cruelty.

This website, Patrin, is an excellent source for Roma information ranging from O Porrajmos to the history of the Roma and Roma organizations. It's very interesting! I suggest you check out the link! Just a little trivia, the word patrin is the name of a small bundle of colored cloth, ribbon, and natural material (such as feathers, twigs, etc.) that Roma leave for other Roma caravans to communicate where they have been or where they are going, what it is like, and who they might be!

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