Small steps that produce giant leaps for the Roma: charity in action in Glasgow

11 October 2017 | by Terry Philpot

Charity in action


Violetta says she cannot sleep at night because she is experiencing a dream come true. It is not just that she is living safely with her children in Scotland, away from the deprivation, squalor, discrimination and oppression to which, as Roma, they are condemned in their native Romania and other countries.


She is also living in a clean housing association flat where she does not have to endure the bed bugs and cockroaches that infest many local tenement flats. Some days, Violetta works as a translator – she speaks Romani, Romanian and English – but also she works long shifts in a restaurant to supplement her income.

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