The Bread Winners: Roma & Sinti of Europe

Another shameful example of intolerance photographed and described by Cindy Knoke, whose photography is as good as it gets. Aside from this she has other breathtaking photos to peruse at her sight. This post, I had to share. Thank you, Cindy.

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I had decided to take some photos of the Roma in Europe on my most recent trip. I have never photographed them before out of deference to their privacy. But I have been reading about increased rates of forced evictions of the Roma/Sinti in several European countries including, France, Italy, Romania and Serbia. There has also been an uptick in human rights violations against them, and crackdowns on them in their refugee camps. Amnesty International has taken on their cause. I have always noticed widespread prejudice against the Roma in Europe. This time I still saw the Roma on the streets but I didnโ€™t see the previously present mothers with their young children. They are becoming the invisible people.
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http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/POL10/022/2013/es/888a6756-40b2-4fdb-b521-902819bc2be8/pol100222013en.pdf

I talk to everybody when I travel. On this trip I surveyed taxi cab drivers, hotel staff and sales people. I asked people, where are all the Roma women andโ€ฆ

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About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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19 Responses to The Bread Winners: Roma & Sinti of Europe

  1. tazzielove says:

    Excellent post from Cindy.

  2. fournier0917 says:

    My wife Marianne being French, and having lived in the south of France for 8 years with her before moving back to Canada 3 years ago, we are very familiar with the plight of these maltreated peoples in Western Europe and elsewhere. A very sad situation to say the least. The pictures are great though indeed very humane as well as unfortunately sad because of their misfortune. JJ

  3. gita4elamats says:

    Amazing pics; esp. in black and white! Sorrowful. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  4. 68ghia says:

    People. We all breathe the same. the same sun shines on us. Our bodies work the same.
    Alas. Cultures are very intolerable towards each other.
    Thanks for the reblog P!

  5. The photography is exceptional.
    What nation or culture hasn’t been persecuted at one time or another. I have read about countries forcing out the Roma. Sad and tragic that people must go hungry or be cold or wet.

    • I share the sorrow that people must go hungry, cold or wet. And, your question really answers itself, rhetorically, doesn’t it? Where there are humans… Yes, her photography is truly exceptional. She’s got some really incredible work featuring nature and animals that I really love. Thanks, Tess.

  6. beebeesworld says:

    I enjoy your blog. My computer has been in the shop and Im way behind. I don’t see an easy way to let you know I have read your articles….beebeesworld

  7. ButterNut says:

    Sad . . . it happens everywhere . . . sad, but true.

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