Zornitsa Stoilova (Bulgaria)

Zornitsa Stoilova is a journalist and editor at the Bulgarian business publication Capital Weekly.

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She covers human rights, social affairs and civil society issues. She is the recipient of several awards for protecting the rights of children and minorities in Bulgaria.

Her fellowship story investigates the spread of radical Islamist ideology among some Roma Muslim communities in Bulgaria.

Diary

01 Jul 2015 / 11:53

Language loss reflects changing identity of Bulgarian Roma

Zornitsa Stoilova

"How come I was born in Bulgaria and I don’t feel Bulgarian?! That’s not right." Yashar Hassan is angry. We are seated in the middle of the market in Stolipinovo, a Roma neighbourhood in the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv with more than 50,000 residents. He is smoking cigarette after cigarette and his voice rises with the temperature of his words.