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Daria's Story - A Roma Woman's Journey: Bullying, Child Marriage, Racism and Solidarity

Meet Daria… Daria is Romani. This is the story of the challenges Daria faced as a Roma woman living in Eastern Europe.

The Roma are originally a Hindi people from northern India. But almost everywhere they go, they're referred to — somewhat negatively— as gypsies, a people who have migrated throughout the world over the course of several centuries.

When Daria’s father lost his job she dropped out of school to help her mother to provide for the family. Still they could not pay their rent. At just 15 years old Daria was married to a stranger for dowry.

Daria and her husband Darco had 3 children and she was happy for a time.  However when Darco was injured in a construction accident, he could only work  as a cleaner, for a very low wage.  Darco then lost his job cleaning. He was wrongly accused of stealing, simply because he is Romani.

Darco became angry and depressed. When he threatened to marry off their daughter for Dowry Daria realised she had to leave him. She now lives in a Roma settlement with her parents.

This comic was produced by the United Nations Development Project. 

Discussion Points

  1. What are your initial thoughts and feelings after reading Daria’s story?

  2. What does it mean to be Roma?

  3. What would you do if you found yourself in Daria’s position?

  4. How do you think Daria feels now?

  5. What do you think it is like to be treated differently to other people?

  6. Have you, or someone you know, ever experienced bullying or racism?

  7. What could be done to prevent stories like Daria’s?

  8. Has Daria’s story effected the way you think about Roma people?

  9. How does Daria’s story compare to the stories in the media?

  10. How are you different, and similar to Daria?

  11. How can we help to integrate Roma people into our communities?

 

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