Years ago, a girl was seized from Roma parents in a camp, on the basis that she was blonde and green eyed whilst her supposed parents, brothers and sisters were consistently dark of hair and complexion. The police who seized the girl had been raiding the camp on suspicion of drug trafficking when they stumbled across the girl, who they said stuck out like a sore thumb among the other squatters.
She was then taken in by a charity and a case was opened by Interpol to investigate the origin of her birth. A DNA test was administered, proving firstly that she was not the child of the parents who claimed her and secondly, the location of the birth mother. When questioned, the birth mother said the she had given the child away out of an inability to feed the young girl and that no one had been stolen. Interpol responded by launching an investigation to discover whether or not the girl had been sold for money another crime altogether.
Roma sympathizers are outraged at what is being considered blatant racist bigotry. The Romani people, commonly referred to as gypsies, have been associated with kidnapping for centuries and international child trafficking since before the world wars.
Though public investigations to these claims are an advent that has only been possible the last century or so, findings from new studies suggest that the stereotype is, in fact, completely false. The Romanis do not traffic children anymore than any other people that find themselves in poverty. The idea that a gypsy is more likely to kidnap is racist nonsense created out of thin air to persecute a people that have an extensive legacy of being scapegoats for all manner of financial and social issues that governments don’t want to address seriously.
Historians alone seem to remember how the Nazi party bundled the Roma people when the Holocaust came, stitching an inverted triangle to identify them in ghettoes in place of the golden Star of David for the Jews.
As camp after camp of gypsies are turned out and children are seized on similarly circumstantial evidence, but this is in no way the only form the bigotry towards this diverse and culturally vibrant race has taken in Europe in modern years. Several European countries have been prosecuted by international courts for discrimination bordering on segregation and the EU’s programs designed to empower the native-nations of this highly nomadic people have instead caused greater gaps in wealth then have ever been reported before. And instead of public outcry over the underserved treatment of this people, the situation has been dubbed ‘the Roma
Question’ in a context that places blame solely on the Roma people.
It has been too long that this people has been abused under the guise of keeping the peace too long that the international community has disregarded them as thieves and harlequins.