Friend of the Gypsies

  • 1998-10-15
  • Katya Cengel
Stereotyped as uneducated, dirty, lazy thieves, the Gypsies of Latvia have few they can truly call friends. Katya Cengel found the teachers at a school in Ventspils to be some of the few.Thirteen-year-old Dollar is in the second grade, but he still can't read or write. A bright and eager pupil, the small boy looks more 8 than 13. He started school on time, when he was 6, but because he often travels to Moscow with his mother, first grade took him seven years to finish. Moscow schools wouldn't take him, and he was never in his native Ventspils long enough to get anywhere.With a shy smile, Do...
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