Telling a story about the ROM is a complex task, because the complex is the set of emotions that arise. It 'a long and intense story that begins with a narrative of persecution and migration, and later dedicated to the series of widespread discrimination that affected these populations.
The idea of amaROMondo born by chance, from a meeting with a community ROM that lives in a field on the outskirts of Catania. The idea of combining the two words "bitter" and "world" stems from problems that these families have lived in their lives and in the course of their various movements in the "world", and it is the union of the two words we get precisely in italian language the term ROM.
The term "ROM", chosen in 1971, at the First World Congress of ROM, refers to a variety of population groups. The long years of discrimination against them have given rise to the pejorative names, such as the term "Gypsy" that has acquired a pejorative connotation particularly in Eastern Europe, but is still used to indicate the music ROM.
Given the diversity among populations, it is difficult to speak of a single culture ROM. Among the common cultural traits can, however, cite the importance of the "extended" family, the pride and the assertion of their diversity, independence in the exercise of a profession, the lack of local roots and the education given by the family.
It is expected that there are about 160,000 different ethnic groups in ROM on the Italian territory. The community that I met were from Romania. Country who wanted to leave after the death of the "boss" family, because from there began a series of acts of intimidation towards their family.
The arrival in Italy and in particular in Catania, after having spent some years in France and northern Italy, takes place a few years ago where they had to deal with the first difficulty is that of a shelter, found the edge of a soccer field outskirts of the city.
Of course, the living conditions are not the best and the families are forced to live in slums, poor living conditions and without drinking water. Someone has also found a job and started a process of integration and schooling.
The current situation of Rom, often used as scapegoats by the company today is worrying and combat prejudice is almost a mandatory choice. In my experience I have had the opportunity to know these people, unlike the bias, you are shown and humble people with a great desire to live a life that until now has taken away everything.