Sister of Bulgarian Roma Mystery Girl: I Want Her Back Home

Society | October 25, 2013, Friday // 18:25|  views

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Bulgarian authorities say DNA tests have confirmed that a 35-year-old Roma woman is the mother of a mysterious girl in Greece, a sister of hers has said she wants her back home.

"I like her very much, she looks very much like me and I want her back home. We will take care of her and I can help my mother," the sister said, as cited by CBS News.

Stoyan Todorov, a neighbor of the Rusevs', complained of the hardships he and his family face every day. He said authorities do not care about helping the Roma. "They come to us only in the eve of elections, hoping to get our votes," he said.

"Look how we are living in total misery. Years ago a man was murdered in our neighborhood and nobody paid attention, while now there are crowds of concerned people here because of one girl," he said pointing at the scores of reporters from across Europe who had descended on the area.

"The truth is that we do not have money to look after our kids," he said.

The 65-year-old grandmother of Sasha Ruseva, Zeynep, said her granddaughter had suffered after having to leave her child in Greece.

"She left the kid and took just 100 euros to buy tickets to get home to her other children," she said, but would not specify who gave Sasha Ruseva the money. "Afterward she was crying all the time for the kid. Later she couldn't find the money to go back. Sasha has to buy medicine and food for the children, and the money is not enough."

Sasha Ruseva and her husband were nowhere to be seen Friday. Her grandmother said they were taken away by "officials," and Bulgarian authorities say the couple is due to appear before a prosecutor for additional questioning later Friday.

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