Roma Have Your Say programme



Following the increasing media hysteria about Gypsies snatching blonde children, the BBC World Service have decided to dedicate an hour programme to the issue for the Romani community to air it’s views. A one hour live programme, which Jake Bowers will be co-presenting, will be broadcast live today at 6pm from a Romani caravan site in Surrey, England on the BBC World Service across the world. Continue reading

An informed response to a moral panic

Jake Bowers puts a strong case for judging this case on the facts, not on prejudice.

The Roma blogger Pipopotamus and the Romani novelist Louise Doughty have also made sensible contributions to the debate.

Filiip Borev (Pipopotamus) has also written an article in the Guardian.

Nathalie Savaricas gives a good background account in the Independent Old attitudes resurface in Greece: inside the Roma camp where Maria the ‘blonde angel’ lived

Meanwhile in Ireland…

Embarrassing U-turn comes after DNA tests prove that blonde girl put into care is biological daughter of Roma couple


Autumn 2013 network meeting


  • Introductions, from nomadic team
  • Introductions from participants and their Gypsy Roma Traveller experience and issues
  • Introduction to nomadic and the website
  • An overview of the current Gypsy Roma Traveller groups in Waltham Forest, accommodation and school contexts
  • Coca Cola film

Future meetings

  • Leadership and Management
  • Attendance
  • SEN
  • Curriculum
  • Attainment
  • EAL / New arrivals
  • Resources
  • Parental engagement
  • Culture, identity and tradition
  • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history month
  • Transfer and Transition

Sound files

Five classic children’s picture books, each read in Romanes by Valdemar Kalinin.  A sound indicates page turning.