Before Tobi Ibitoye arrived in Romania from Nigeria as a year-old, it had never occurred to him he - and his skin colour - might stand out in some way. A few days in Bucharest were all it took to make him realise just how wrong he was. Eight years later, things could not be more different: backed by scores of Romanian fans, the musician has just signed his first record deal. Now the stares are from people trying to work out if he really is the Tobi Ibitoye who shot to fame, coming third on The Voice of Romania talent show in Nothing had prepared Ibitoye for what he encountered when he arrived in His father had just got a job with the Nigerian embassy, and the entire family relocated. But Romania only has a very small African community, as most of those leaving the continent tend to head to Western European countries - generally to those with a colonial link.
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Our countries have forged closer links, and I hope that trend will continue. While there have been many positive reforms implemented in Romania, unfortunately the situation of the Romani minority has remained the same. Romania has the largest Roma minority in Europe, estimated at 1. A soccer match in Bucharest on April 13 th was a clear example of the explicit acts of hatred that have been widespread throughout the country. Fans of one team, Steaua Bucharest, unfurled a banner reading "We have always had and will always have something against Gypsies.
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In the video, the men are lying flat on the ground with the officers standing over them. A male voice responds, cursing him with sexual expletives. Several officers in the video seem to be carrying rifles and wearing masks, special-forces style. The setting appears rural — trees, single-storey houses, a sunlit courtyard, the distant sound of dogs barking. The camera pans back to catch a group of officers standing over one of the prone men. The expletive-filled interrogation continues. The lawsuit eventually brought against the police would accuse them of assaulting eight men that day. One of the men is said to have been beaten with a metal rod on the soles of his feet — a torture technique, known as bastinado or falaka, historically used to hurt and humiliate prisoners in authoritarian or colonial regimes.
Afro-Romanians are citizens or residents of Romania who are of African descent. Afro-Romanian populations are mostly concentrated in major cities of Romania. The majority of African-Romanians are of mixed ancestry , usually being the children of a Romanian parent and an African student who came to Romania. Since the early 60s, young people from around the world came to study in the Socialist Republic of Romania. The communist state leadership wanted to link mutual friendship with different countries. After the fall of the communism, the numbers of Afro-Romanians increased. In Bucharest, although Afro-Romanians live in all parts of the city, most of them are concentrated in the Giurgiului and Baicului areas. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 22 February Retrieved 22 February