SKOPJE, the former Yugoslav Republic
of Macedonia, January 15 (UNHCR) - Membership in The Roma Talents,
the one and only refugee band in Suto Orizari, may not make Roki and his
friends famous. But they have seized a chance for self-reliance that relatively
few Roma refugees have managed.
When I visited them in one of their rented
homes in Suto Orizari municipality in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia,
I recalled the first time I had seen Roki. In 1999 he had arrived in the
country as a 12-year-old boy holding his parents' hands and trying to understand
the events around him.