On the occasion of August 2, Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2020, young Roma and non-Roma people are sharing their messages about the importance of remembrance, challenging antigypsyism and youth activism.
Statement by Aaron Moreno, Spain: “It is important to commemorate the 2nd of August, the International Roma Genocide Day, for two reasons: first one, because teaching dates play a transcendental role in basic education, allowing us to commemorate and remember the most important facts of our culture, thus rescuing those values that these events leave for us in our society. The second is because to know the essence of a culture we need to go into it, know its past. And of course, we can’t forget about everything we’ve been through. For this reason, in order to give a voice to the Roma and put it in value in front of the rest of society, it is important to commemorate the Day of the Roma genocide and include it in academic and university classrooms.”
This video campaign is part of the Roma Youth Voices Project, coordinated by Phiren Amenca and funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the DG Justice, European Commission.