Krios Goral was 16 when he was interviewed. He is Roma and came to London from Poland when he was about 4 years old. He talks about what being Roma means to him.
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'Being a Gypsy? To me, I can’t really say what it means. It’s not a meaning - it’s me, who I am, it’s kind of the person that I am, where I come from. Because we don’t actually come from a country, we say who we are. And we’re Gypsies, we travel from country to country, that’s what we’ve done in generations and centuries.
'So I think being a Gypsy really means, you know, saying that’s me, that’s the person I am, that’s the person I’m always going to be, I’ve always been. That’s the tradition I’ve been always holding up against, and the culture that I’ve always run with, you know. That’s my life and that’s who I am.
'And no matter where I’m going to be tomorrow or the day after, or where I’ve been, that’s always who I’m going to be. I think that’s the main point to being a Gypsy.'
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