|The Dom Community of Gaza|
February 2015 Update
The people of Gaza have begun the process of returning to normal. One sign
of normalcy is the reopening of the schools for classes rather than as bomb
shelters, but the signs of destruction and disrupted lives are still very
In the Dom community 29 people were killed, with another 227 people injured.
Some of the injuries were critical and the death count may rise.
Psychological trauma and lost limbs are some of the conditions that will
require long-term care. Medicines continue to be in short supply, and
housing is still a problem. There are numerous situations where three or
four Dom families are sharing a small apartment with little hope for finding
adequate housing in the near future.
Several individuals and groups made contributions to the relief fund
facilitated by the Dom Research Center. Twenty thousand dollars have been given
to buy food and medicine. More assistance will be needed. Please consider making a contribution to
this important effort. There are no fees on the contributions; 100% of your contribution will be used to purchase food and medicines. If you are
interested in donating, send a check (US dollars only) to the following address. Be sure to indicate on the check or in an accompanying
note that the contribution is for the Gaza Relief Fund.
Updates on the fund will be posted to our Facebook page and on this site.
Send your contribution to:
Dom Research Center
P.O. Box 121
McComb, MS 39649
Or click on the link below to make a donation to the Gaza Relief Fund by credit card or PayPal account.
|Shaddy - Operations Complete
Have you been following Shaddy's story? Shaddy is a seventeen year old Dom boy who lives in a small village on the Palestinian West Bank. Since birth the bones in Shaddy’s mouth have not fully
developed; as a result, he has no teeth. Working with Amoun Sleem, the DRC raised the needed funds for the operations to correct this problem. Read more about Shaddy by clicking on Shaddy's story.
In January 2015 the DRC delivered the final payment for Shaddy's operations. Thank you to each of you who gave to help Shaddy.
|A Gypsy Dreaming in Jerusalem, by Amoun Sleem
Working with author Virginia McGee Butler, Amoun Sleem has written a book in which she shares about her life as a Dom child in Jerusalem,
her family, her dreams for her community, and the establishment of the Domari Society of Gypsies in Jerusalem.
Anat Hoffman, chairperson of the Domari Society, spoke about Amoun saying, "Amoun and the Domari are proof that miracles can still happen in Jerusalem. Against all odds,
she is able to become teacher, leader, mentor. Without the benefit of any female leadership role model she invented a unique path and
walked it with courage. She pays the highest price for her struggle for her people--she is usually alone on the front lines. Amoun's spirit
is a force of nature. She has not succumbed to pressures from all sides 'to be normal,' bend her head, and accept a marginal role. Amoun can't
help following her vocation to lift her people from the bottom strata of Jerusalem society. Amoun is one of the bravest people I know. As long
as there are Miracles like her in the world one can believe that leadership is a divine gift."
Order your copy today from the Dom Research Center by clicking on the PayPal button below. The book costs $9.99 (plus $3.00 for shipping).
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|Updated February 18, 2015