Support Kosovan Roma in their fight for justice
International vigils to mark the violence and ethnic cleansing perpetrated against the Roma population of Kosovo to be held on 13th June 2021
In 1999, 8,000 Roma were forcibly driven from their homes in Mitrovica. Six hundred were “resettled” in a displaced persons camp near a disused lead mine. Families had to live exposed to lethal lead poisoning for more than 10 years. Children suffered nerve injury resulting in brain damage and other serious health problems. To date the families have not been compensated and many are destitute, unable to afford medicines and medical treatment.
Roma in Kosovo and in exile, are calling for recognition of the crimes committed against their communities and for a memorial to be erected in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo.
Vigils will be held outside Kosovan embassies throughout the world commemorating the horrific actions perpetrated against the Roma population of Kosovo after the war had ended and under the eyes of KFOR, the NATO-led peacekeeping force.
The vigil outside the London Embassy is at 8 John Street, London WC1N 2EB on 13th June 2021at 2pm.
Please come and support Roma communities in their call for justice and equality. If you can’t attend personally but want to support the event, please send messages and/or photos of yourselves holding messages of solidarity to firstname.lastname@example.org
Photograph credit http://digitaljournalist.org/issue9904/field03.htm
Posted: 8 June 2021