Meeting Others

Foreigners enrich our culture

Mateja SegistudentGymnazium Jan PatockaPragueRoms are citizens of the Czech Republic as much as anyone else. The problem is that most Roms are not educated – so it is hard for them to find work. Then they do nothing, and expect the state to help them. There are many cases of uneducated parents who don’t want to send […]

I hope that my generation will overcome

Mariana WesleyovastudentGymnazium Jan PatockaPrague Roms should be looked at as individuals, not judged in terms of a whole ethnic group.The behavior of young Roms is shaped by their living standards, their interests, their environment etc. There are some who feel that they are different, that they are an ethnic group, that their social status is […]

There are good and bad people in every society

Lucie MatuskovastudentGymnazium Jan PatockaPragueI don’t have much experience with Roms. I think they are not all to blame; we make mistakes too. A friend of mine who is very dark told me about her stay in a hospital. She was not able to move. Her parents would bring fruit and put it on her bedside […]

They shouldn’t have been forced to assimilate

Filip CapandastudentJan Patocka Grammar SchoolPrague Roms are a minority in the Czech Republic. According to them, they are discriminated against. I think that is true.But what if so-called discrimination is only an excuse for their slow integration into our society? Roms came here a long time ago. They led a nomadic style of life, and […]

It was full of joy

Tereza RehakovastudentJan Patocka Grammar SchoolPrague This is my only experience with Roms. It happened when I was less than five years old. I lived in Smichov, where there were a lot of Roms. No Roms lived in our house, but the house across the road was full of them. Like all children I was inquisitive, […]

A lot of people have bad experiences with us Roma

Eva BajgerovaRomany Adviser to the Regional GovernmentUsti nad LabemA lot of people have bad experiences with us Roma. A man started a store with machines in our neighborhood. Machines for sawing lumber and all that. He repaired the house, and had a new façade put on. Romany kids were playing ball in front of the […]

We don’t know them

Anna StepankovaGymnazium Jan Patocka PragueWhat is my attitude towards Roms and skinheads? I don’t know, in fact. When I see a group of Roms or a group of skinheads, I cross the street to avoid them. For me it is the same with Roms and with skinheads. I have no experience with skinheads, I only […]

I know she often missed Vietnam

Tereza Stenglova Gymnazium Jan PatockaPragueIt happened when I was starting the eighth grade. Our teacher told us that a new student, a Vietnamese girl, would be coming to our class. I didn’t know then that this girl would become my best friend.Her father was an executive councilor at the Vietnamese embassy, and all the Vietnamese […]

My best friend is Romany

Zdenka Rerichova School of Social Studies Usti nad LabemI have nothing against Roma because I have many friends who are Roma. In fact my best friend is Romany. She had an unpleasant experience. Things were getting lost at school; someone was stealing them. She was seen in the classroom, and she was there all alone, […]

He was accused of assault

Michaela CernaSchool of Social StudiesUsti nad LabemMy uncle worked in Predlice in Technoplyn. One evening he was driving home, and when he was going through Predlice, he heard someone shouting. When he slowed down he saw two Gypsy men beating a Gypsy woman. She was calling for help. My uncle stopped, but didn’t know whether […]