April 8 – International Romani Day

International Romani Day was first declared in 1990 to celebrate Roma culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Roma people and draw attention to discrimination directed at communities globally.

Roma people were targeted for extermination by the Nazis in Europe, at least 200,000 were killed in concentration camps between 1939 and 1945. It is estimated that about a quarter of the European population died during the Roma Holocaust called Porajmos. On August 2, 1944, over 3,000 prisoners of the gypsy camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau were murdered; approximately 10,000 to 12,000 Roma were murdered by the Arrow Cross in 1944-45 in Hungary.

International Romani Day.

International Romani Day.

In Hungary, a 38 year old activist and photographer called Áron Süveg posted a rather clever photograph/montage, on the occasion of International Romani Day. Mr. Süveg’s compelling photograph rapidly made its rounds on social media over the course of the day…

Bursting Jobbik's bubble... Photo: Áron Süveg.

Bursting Jobbik’s bubble… Photo: Áron Süveg.

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