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 young Roma from Bulgaria: “My name is Bogomila and I am 18 years old. Last summer I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in Dikh i na Bistar. For me, it was a huge adventure, from which I managed to learn so many new things about Roma history, culture and traditions. I also met Roma from all over the world, with whom we exchanged information about the Roma community. In my opinion, it is important for everyone to know about the Roma Holocaust, because this is our history and so that such evil things can no longer be allowed to happen to people. Because everyone has rights. Each person is special and unique in their own way. Remembering the Roma Holocaust means knowing, remembering and appreciating our history. History is the one that teaches us and gives us many lessons. Remembering the Roma Holocaust means not forgetting that every human life, no matter of what race or origin, is inviolable. That is why it is important to learn about the Roma Holocaust at school as well.”
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.