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Singer Lisa Stansfield documents her travels with the Roma community

England, 30.11.2010 12:04, (ROMEA)

British singer and songwriter, Lisa Stansfield has recalled her experiences with the Roma community in Tribune Magazine (London). Lisa disclosed her background as a Romany Gypsy because she wanted to travel to Auschwitz to learn more about Roma history.

Hangout.altsounds reported that the singer wrote an article for the magazine posted 28th November and talked about the "often ignored 200,000 gypsies or Roma who currently live in Britain". She is making a documentary about her year with Britain’s travelling community.

Stansfield noted how during the Second World War, it was largely undocumented that between 250,000 and 500,000 Gypsies were murdered. Roma children who were identical or fraternal twins were used for experimentation and some were literally sewn together, eventually dying of septicaemia. There is no recognition of the Roma extermination by the Nazis.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed applauded the singer for her support of the Roma community in Europe. He said that the maltreatment of Roma in Europe was "unacceptable" and should be stopped, adding that European freedom of movement rights should also apply to Roma.

Stansfield pointed out that : "these people (Roma) really know how to live. Since arriving from India they have continued to fight for the simple and basic right to be themselves. There is a misunderstanding and great disrespect for these people who come from a far older tradition and enjoy a greater depth of culture than many of us".

Nathalia Odwin, hangout.altsounds.com
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