The Bigger Picture
Stories from around the United Kingdom - and beyond.
Read a transcript of Tom McCready's speech, delivered at the launch of Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month in London. It contains poignant facts and distressing stories and hope for the future.
Gypsy Life, Gypsy Tears
Andras Schram shot these images in Transilvania while visiting Romania. He comments "This is a Gypsy Colony, the poorest of the poorest, they have NOTHING and I mean nothing. In fact they live from day to day, they may have something to eat in the evening but the next day ... breakfast is a luxury. No electricity, thus no heating in the winter, no fresh water, no sanitation, no roof on most of the houses. YET...I have never in my life seen kids so happy and full of life. Have you seen your kids smile like this even when they have not eaten for days."
The Gypsy and Traveller heritage of many people is often hidden or hushed up. But when finally revealed, the truth can have powerful consequences.
Eleanor Thom doesn’t describe herself as a Traveller and doesn’t want to speak on anyone else’s behalf, but her story and news of her story is travelling far and wide as her first novel, The Tin-Kin, receives rave reviews wherever it is read.
Applying the Lessons of the Holocaust:
1938-2008, Kristallnacht Seventy Years Later
An essay by Ian Hancock for the International Seminar Organized by l’Association Verbe et Lumière -Vigilance, The Simon Wiesenthal Centre and UNESCO Paris, November 18th 2008.
One of the aims of GRTHM is to counter-balance the widespread ignorance of Traveller communities that often leads to hatred and conflict. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month celebrates our culture and history by tackling the negative stereotyping and prejudices that have led to this situation.