Claudia, for example, a woman in her late 20s, was made to live in a small room with her husband, her three sons, her parents and her brother's family - all 11 of them, sharing a bathroom with 30 others. After more than three years of this mistreatment, no alternatives have been offered to their ghastly inadequate living conditions. Imagine if something similar was happening here in Britain. There would be outrage if a local council behaved this way. So it is not surprising that 23 senior religious leaders in the UK... have chosen to make a stand to defend the rights of these families who have been subject of discrimination in Romania.
This edition of Panorama is merely a symptom of the wider discourse around immigration. A debate so toxic that facts are shouted down in a wave of popular fascism. But it also threatens our relationship with Europe and our right to free movement. On both fronts, we should all be worried about where this debate is heading in 2015.
UK concern is paramount because EU countries with stronger job markets like Germany and France will be overlooked in favour of this island for no apparent reason. Moreover, the offerings of Spain and Italy, countries with pre established networks and cultural similarities will also be snubbed because Great Britain is irresistible.
Over the last few months, the UK and European press have dedicated extensive column inches to the Roma community, with the majority of coverage being negative. Much of the adverse reporting focuses on the widely recognized and highly visible problem of Roma arriving in the UK to beg on our streets, litter our countryside and instigate waves of crime.
The past three months of my life have been engaged in managing and shaping a fascinating project called films4peace, which reaches its fruition this weekend on the UN's International Day of Peace on 21 September. It's an unusual beast: the brainchild of the highly creative South African curator and art historian Mark Coetzee...