Projects Abroad volunteers help deal with effects of Roma deportations from France
Young Projects Abroad volunteers in Romania are helping with the human tragedy created by President Sarkozy’s Roma deportations campaign. They agree with Commissioner Reding that French deportations of Roma are a reminder of the Nazis.
Dr Peter Slowe, Director of Projects Abroad says “Our volunteers work at Sacele Hospital and Prejmer Day Care Centre. Every day, the tragedy, created artificially by the French President, unfolds before our eyes. Kids are abandoned because the families cannot support them. In France, a wealthy European country, the welfare system could look after them; here they cannot be cared for. And that is on top of the distress of being deported just because they belong to one ethnic community.”
For many years Projects Abroad volunteers have been working with hospitals and care centres in the Roma districts of Prejmer and Sacele. Volunteers working here aim to improve the lives of babies and young children from Roma families. “We have dealt with many abandoned babies and great poverty, but nothing like this before …”, adds Dr Slowe. “More volunteers are desperately needed to provide the necessary care to these babies.”
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