Today I spent some time reading about the Roma (Gypsy) history. They surely had a horrible history! I learned that they came from a tribe in India, when they immigrated to Europe they were treated as slaves, they were even thousands kills and tortured during the Holocaust and even today they are considered like outcasts and are barely surviving to live their lives. My heart really breaks for them.
Here are some websites for sources:
On the Road: Centuries of Roma History – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8136812.stm
The Gypsy People – http://www.eliznik.org.uk/RomaniaHistory/minority-gypsies.htm
The Gypsies in history and today, Europe’s “public enemy”
Origins of the Gypsy/ Roma/ Rom History – http://www.gypsyadvice.com/gypsy_lore.htm
The truth about Gypsies
There is an American missionary named Rachel Ross who works with the gypsy children at the Tinca gypsy village. She has a mission organization called “Forget Me Not Ministries”. I really like what she wrote on her website because it also reflects my heart too. As you read it I hope you will hear God’s hurting and broken heart for the precious children in Romania.
Poverty is pervasive throughout Roma society; many children can be seen wandering the streets with no clothes or shoes. Most parents are reduced to begging and stealing to eke out an existence. This behaviour has been passed down for generations and is only made worse by the overwhelming racism and hatred directed towards Gypsies throughout Europe. The Roma people are highly discriminated against. They live on the outskirts of towns in disease- and waste-ridden villages. Gypsies are seen as a filthy and stupid people. The discrimination extends to local agencies and schools that do not encourage the Gypsy children to go to school, perpetuating the rampant illiteracy and stereotypes about their low intelligence.
With God’s help and your support, as these children grow they will begin to understand they are not destined to repeat the past, but through love, education, and prayer they can embrace a better tomorrow. Please be a voice for the Gypsy children of Romania, share this with your friends to ensure these children are not forgotten. Please remember to keep these children and their families in your prayers, thank-you.