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In this little series with The gypsy equipage and The Gypsy father we can now meet the junior. Dressed in his new, very colourful tiger shirt and not so used to this focus of some TrekEarthers along the road.

Gypsies can be a controversial theme in Romania. Take a look i.e. at this article:

Portray the Roma properly, or not at all
By Daniela Tuchel
Romania is unjustly criticised for discriminating against its gypsy population with the Western media and poor journalism to blame, one reporter argues.

In the media, the numerous social problems Romanian gypsies face in their home country have made headlines all over Europe for decades.
As a Romanian journalist and observer, I have read most reports written by international correspondents about the Roma population in this country with interest.

One of the main aspects I have noticed about foreign journalists' correspondence is that they almost always refer to the Roma as being a disadvantaged minority who are institutionally discriminated against.

Few mention the wealth of rehabilitation programs set up for them and the many projects aimed at promoting their integration into popular society here; initiatives, that for the main part, are only promoted by the government and publicised on their web sites.

The foreign media also often "forgets" to research the Roma's traditions and habits in any depth.

Thus, they fail to explain what drives the Roma to keep their children out of school when the first 12 school years are free for all Romanians.

They do not investigate why the Roma people prefer to wander the country in carts rather than live in houses or why - some of them at least - wear silk clothes and golden shoes at important events like weddings and New Year's Eve parties but little more than rags the rest of the time.

Being an international correspondent means, first and foremost, being a translator - of cultures, experiences, and attitudes - for their audience, who almost certainly will not be hitherto familiar with the situation on the ground.

It is a real challenge for any reporter to bring a vivid experience to all of their readers at once whilst painting an objective picture of their subjects.

But this challenge seems to doubly difficult for reporters when writing about issues affecting the Roma if the hundreds of articles I have read about them over the years are to be considered.

I am tired of reading in the foreign media only half truths about the Roma community residing in Romania.

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