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Tragedy in Dom Community of Gaza
July 28 Update

While the international news outlets are carrying the stories about the deaths and destruction in Gaza and Israel, the plight of the Dom communities will probably not receive even a passing comment. As of July 28, Dom leaders report that 16 Dom individuals in Gaza have died as a result of the hostilities. Three of these people were children and two were women. 56 Dom have been injured, mostly as a result of buildings collapsing in explositions. Seven Dom homes have been completely demolished, with thirty-three other homes damaged to the point that they are not safe for people to stay in. Dom families are taking the homeless and injured into their homes, but are desperately in need of assistance to care for and feed them.

The DRC has received $10,000 to purchase food and medical supplies for the Dom community. 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 USA

Or click on the link below to make a donation to the Gaza Relief Fund by credit card or PayPal account.

Shaddy

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 is raising funds for the operations to correct this problem. $10,000 is needed to complete the operations that will give Shaddy a full set of teeth. At the end of September, three surgeries have been completed. Read more about Shaddy by clicking on Shaddy's story.

The DRC has contributed $8,000 toward the expenses. Watch this site and the DRC Facebook page for updates. If you would like to make a contribution for Shaddy’s dental procedure, 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 Shaddy’s dental procedure.

Send your contribution to: Dom Research Center P.O. Box 121 McComb, MS 39649 USA

Or click on the link below to make a donation by credit card or PayPal account.

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).

New Articles in the DRC's Kuri Journal

"Gentrification and Romani Dance in Istanbul," by M. Shivaun Corry

"Syrian Refugees are being Ignored: The Gypsies," by Kemal Vural Tarlan

"Forgotten in the Crisis: The Dom People of Syria and Turkey on the Streets of Diyarbakir," by Ana Oprisan

"Alice in Amman," by Hadeel Dawwas

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