CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 |
No one ever accused me of stealing my own baby, but I know what it feels like to be the olive-skinned, dark-eyed mother of a fair-haired, blue-eyed biological child. It's a little weird. But it's not exactly rare. When I heard about the two Roma families in Ireland whose young kids were snatched up this week by police on suspicion they'd been stolen because they were lighter-complected than the rest of their family, I had a creepy feeling. Sure enough, the children, a now-traumatized 7-year-old girl from a Dublin suburb and 2-year-old boy from a town in the Irish Midlands, turned out to be genetic matches with their parents.
October 18, 2013 |
Greek police announced Friday that they were seeking the biological parents of a blond, blue-eyed girl about 4 years old who was found during a raid two days earlier on a Roma camp in central Greece, news media reported from Athens. The child, who was called Maria, was spotted by a female prosecutor who accompanied police on the raid and became suspicious of the girl's origins because she looked nothing like the couple who initially claimed to be her parents, the ekathimerini news site reported.
August 13, 2010 |
To survive, her grandparents ate grains of corn they picked out of horse excrement. "It was real misery, not like now," said Ellena, who calls herself a Gypsy but prefers Roma because, she adds with a smile showing two gold-capped teeth, the name "demands respect. " Her grandparents traveled through Germany and Russia, escaping Nazi death camps. And before that, their ancestors suffered persecution in neighboring European countries. Now Ellena, 26, who withheld her last name because she does not have a French residency permit, lives in a camp about a 40-minute Metro ride northeast of the Eiffel Tower in a low hut built out of scavenged scraps of wood and fabric.
February 21, 2014 |
BODVALENKE, Hungary - I'm not sure what I expected to bring back from an eight-day luxury tour of Budapest, Hungary, and environs. Memories, photos of Art Nouveau architecture, a few extra pastry-induced pounds and a lifetime supply of sweet paprika, maybe. I never thought I'd find myself, just a month later, Skyping at 7 a.m. about a storm that had recently hit the village of Bodvalenke, about 150 miles northeast of Budapest, not far from the Slovakian border. Hailstones the size of walnuts had caused flooding and decimated the natural vegetation and local crops, one of the village's few sources of income.
June 9, 1989
Police in Pisa, Italy, will tighten security for Sunday's championship game between Pisa and A.C. Milan in the wake of reports that Roma fans are planning to avenge the death of Antonio De Falchi, 19, a Roma follower who died of heart failure after an attack June 4 by hooligans outside Milan's stadium.