- Posted July 18, 2012 by
In Memoriam Kata Bandy Pécs/ Hungary
A twenty-five-year-old psychologist girl, Kata Bandy, was murdered here in Pecs about two weeks ago by a twenty-six year old Roma man who was drunk and drugged. A young man full of energy and raging hormones, who has nothing to lose, but no chances for a good life either. The whole country is upset and afraid, both the Hungarians and the Roma.
The problem is huge, the event is only the tip of the iceberg. The prisons are overcrowded with criminals, according to estimates, over 50 per cent are of Roma background. However, no official statistics exist about the ethnicity of criminals since the change of the system in Hungary, since 1990. Due to this, the government does not hurry to do anything about ethnic crime. Penalties have been seriously tightened recently but this alone does not offer the solution at all.
The most significant reason is that the ruthless, inadequate Hungarian educational system lets the Roma drop out very early. They hardly finish primary school, few go on to secondary education and even a fraction finishes it. Poverty is immense among the Roma, it is unimaginable to an average European. They wander the city streets, knock at doors or sit outside the shopping centres begging for food. Families, including children, are at the brink of starvaion. They cannot break out without jobs and earnings. On the other hand, without education, let alone internet access, they cannot get any jobs, not even the simple ones requiring low training. Jobs that the Roma did traditionally disappeared a long time ago. Nobody is a blacksmith, a wood carver or a knife-grinder any more. The situation is hopeless. It is like Catch 22.
New ideas and a solution are badly needed to find a way out.
Should you want to watch a video introducing the place where the crime was committed, we can shortly make it.
Report made by Rose Nagy and Laszlo Baross