The Romani Tea Room


Episode #8: Roma Slavery in Romania - untold and denied

Season 1, Ep. 8

In February we marked 165 years since the abolition of Romani slavery on the territory of modern day Romania. Since the 14th century, Roma had been exploited and sold as property by the crown, nobilities and orthodox church. This racial domination of Roma lasted until 1856, but the scars of this not so distant history still remain.

Two months ago, the ERRC’s Advocacy and Communications Manager Jonathan Lee interviewed Dr. Margareta Matache, a Harvard University scholar from Romania. The short version of the interview was published on the ERRC’s social media channels, but today we will listen to more of their conversation, but in this episode Jonathan and Magda who talk about the painful heritage of slavery in modern Romania.

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