7 results for month: 05/2015


Cristina dreams on by Simona Filip

For the whole day, Cristina walks on Iasi streets looking for work or to fill up her time. When it gets dark, she goes to a night asylum. She dreams about having her own house sometime. The first thing Cristina told me about her was that she comes from a family with 15 children and that in 2001 wanted to meet her parents. She was 16 years old then, almost all of them spent in orphanages and she was always thinking about her father, about who she didn’t know anything. „I left with Geta, with Flori and the nurse to Voinești. Since morning I left, but I didn’t stay. I didn’t like at all what I found there, only misery. But I saw my father’s ...

Ambition changes the destiny by Simona Popovici

The road of the young adult from orphanages towards singing between the blocks and working by the day. Calin Ioan, raised in orphanages, without a home, fights for a decent living. His palms show cracks due to heavy labour. He has started working when he was 14 since his family was not able to support him. He went to school and has discovered the talent that defines him and for which he is being praised. Born in Calarasi, Calin was raised in placement centres in Popricani and Targu-Frumos, Iasi county, since he was 2. Since he turned 18, he is living in the streets of Iasi - the city of seven hills. His parents were very poor and could not be next ...

Călin…pages from the story of the young Romani with white skin by Simona Roxana Poclid

When eyes are closed, everything else is black. Only the voice and the word guide you. When he was 5 years old, Călin heard on the TV talking about Americans and he asked his mother: “What are we?” His mother answered him: “We are gipsy” and since then Călin wished he could find out more. He has not been living in a Romani community, he has never been told that he is Romani nor knew he what it meant. His parents told him over the years that his great grandparents were in the trade with metal objects (cauldrons, bells, and scissors) and were deported to Iasi. Here they met other people, different from what they knew before and they broke ...

An actor in a hurry by Mădălina Nenică

The fight of a young man with his own destiny renouncing the Romanian stage for studying at a renowned British university. Cristian Proboi is a young man from ursari people. He is 24 and works as a monitoring operator, validation and data entry at the Centre for Public Policies Monitoring in Bucharest. This is an association which monitors the public policies. His life was not easy at all. Starting with his childhood he had to live in the street, in the parks, communal stairs of blocks or house attics. Throughout the time he had to deal with racism and the meanness from those around him. All these did not stop Cristian to become what he is today. ...

How I met Portocala by Simona Filip

Last year I worked on a project involving institutionalised youth and Romani people. I met Portocala and this changed all my opinions about them. The interphone keeps ringing, and on its screen you can see teenager faces. Noisy groups of teenagers enter the building; I can hear their laughs and teasing. They go up the stairs slowly to the fourth floor where I am waiting for them in the lecture room having no expectations. It is my first meeting with youth from placement centres and I do not know much about them, or their behaviour, nor how we will interact over the next three month. This is how long the qualification course that I coordinate will ...

The Singer by Lucia Hacman

A young Romani man defeats his fate through work & ambition. The Foster care center „Ion Holban” from Iași is a home of over 100 children, and inside this family was received 2 years ago also Alexandru Grosu. He stays on the top floor of one from the two buildings of the center, in a cheerful room with new furniture, blinds, parquet and bathroom in the room. It is very clean, the things are carefully arranged, all the clothes stay in the wordrobe on coat hangers, and on the working table a laptop is found, some papers and a few pens. In those 21 years Alexandru lived as others in 50. He was born in Focșani in a Romani people family and he ...

A bride at 14 years old by Doina Sîrbu

Magdalena abandoned school in the 5th grade because of her home problems. Now she is 23 years old and 3 children whom she promises not to let them make the same mistake. Magdalena is a Young woman of 23 years old with long and brown hair, a bit burnt by the sun on the edges. Her brown eyes and with black rings around them betray her tiredness of a child who grew up without a father from the age of 4, of a teenage mum who takes care of 3 children today. She doesn’t remember her father, but she knows she had troubles and she couldn’t surpass them. At 36 the man suicided, and „my mother struck by pain started drinking”. She speaks slowly ...