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08/20/2010

Bettina is afraid [Hungary]

Ella: ...after our screening, my host came after me with his older daughter, Bettina.  I said Bettina, you my dear will go to university.  My host drove through through the dark woods with me and Bettina in her baby chair harnessed to the back seat. Bettina asked me if I had a uram/a lord/husband. Yes, Bettina, my friend is waiting for me... he is handsome, has a beard. Oh, Bettina shuddered. Father I am afraid she whispered. Why Bettina? asked her loving father.  Of the bearded man. Oh, Bettina don’t be afraid. You are a kindergartner.  Last grade, Bettina insisted! Yes, and can you read Bettina? She didn’t say yes or no. It is easy to read, Bettina.
 You just look at the newspaper headlines.
 That’s how I found you in this village. Her father asked me if I’ll go to other villages where Roma were killed.  He went to the funeral of 
a father and son murdered in Tatarszentgyorgy. They covered the little boy, his face was blown up.  What beasts were those who kill children?  Harmless children. A woman fainted when she saw his little face.  They went by bus to the funeral. Thousands of people...

At the border they didn’t let the car cross because my host didn’t 
have ID papers for Bettina.  So I hugged them, gave them a keychain with the name of my city on it, see Bettina, this says New York, the place I come from and I wait for you to come visit one day, sweetheart.

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