AGRUSTIC SOMNACUNI || ROMANY || CRADLE || LET US PRAISE
THE ROM || CHUPPA || MEDIATHECA
'FIORETTA MAZZEI' || 'ENGLISH' CEMETERY || AUREO ANELLO || Daniel-Claudiu Dumitrescu/
Julia Bolton Holloway
AN OPEN LETTER TO WYCLEF JEAN
HAITI AND ROMANIA
SLAVERY AND FREEDOM
Haiti and Romania seem far apart yet are not. One is black, the
other white. But in Romania, as in Haiti, much of the population
were enslaved, in Romania these being the Roma, the 'gypsies' who
had come from India a thousand years ago with their ancestral
skills. The duration of enslavement of the Roma to nobles and
monasteries was from the Middle Ages until the nineteenth century
when Uncle Tom's Cabin
was translated into Romanian. In both countries the slaves, even
when freed, were denied decent housing, work with dignity,
education. The two far-apart countries run a very
close parallel to each other.
These are suggestions for Wyclef Jean, learned from the Roma of
Romania begging in the streets of Florence.
I. The most important unit is the family.
II. Be sure that each family can have land to build on and on
which to grow food.
III. Immediately import tents, wood house kits, and other
earthquake-proof building materials not available within the
country for Haitian families. Create work building these as well
as Buckminster Fuller domes for schools and hospitals.
IV. Make sure that each family can conserve water with drainpipes
V. China now fabricates inexpensive solar kits that can run a
light and recharge telephones and even a small laptop. Give each
family independence from centralized power.
VI. Pay the older more infirm members of families who do
know how to read and write to teach all those who do not.
VII. Have the families create their textbooks, publishing these on
the Web with their drawings that can be downloaded for use. Have
these textbooks share information on how to build houses, how to
conserve water, how to grow food, how to prevent illness. Have
teaching be in their dialect paired with globally dominant
languages using colour-coded bilingual/multilingual texts. See
VIII. In the midst of the earthquake, despite their poverty,
Haitians were beautifully dressed. Encourage local dressmakers to
produce clothing in cottage industries so they can care, at the
same time, for the children, rather than working in factories, 50%
being for fellow Haitians, 50% for export.
I & II are true for Haiti and the Roma.
III, IV, V, VI, VIII are needful for Haiti and for the Roma.
Always combine work and study. Education, especially of women, is
the cheapest and best investment a nation can make towards its
development and well-being. At the same time the education in the
home of building, farming, sewing and other skills needs equal
respect and is of equal value to the formal education acquired in
Our project for the Roma in Romania, submitted to the 'Decade
of Roma Inclusion' of the Open Society Institute in Budapest, is
called 'Home Building, Home Schooling,' and as the suggestions for
obtaining work in the European Union of which the Romanian Roma
AGRUSTIC SOMNACUNI || ROMANY || CRADLE || LET US PRAISE THE ROM || CHUPPA
|| MEDIATHECA 'FIORETTA
MAZZEI' || 'ENGLISH'
CEMETERY || AUREO ANELLO || Daniel-Claudiu Dumitrescu/
Julia Bolton Holloway