In July 2022 Oxfam sent me to Moldova to document the stories of Roma refugees from Ukraine. I travelled around the country recording stories from women and children who’d fled the war. 

Many people were stuck, unable to move on because they didn’t have proper documentation, like passports or identity cards, but unable to go home. 

Their stories were all incredibly humbling. I met a mum-of-four sleeping on the floor so her kids could have a bed; a 70-year-old grandmother fighting to care for her disabled daughter and granddaughter; a 12-year-old girl, without her parents, who’d just lost her grandfather and was fighting to get to school. 

The information we gathered helped to highlight some of the discrimination this community is facing, and draw attention to the gaps in aid provision.

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