A young girl, known as "Maria," who was found in Greece with a Roma family—and subsequently taken away—is the biological daughter of a Bulgarian Roma woman, according to the Associated Press.
Maria had been placed with a Greek children's charity, "Smile of a Child," after authorities raided a Roma encampment and found that the blonde, blue-eyed little girl was not biologically related to the family she was living with.
The biological mother of the child, 35-year-old Sasha Ruseva, "has said she gave birth to a baby girl four years ago in Greece while working as an olive picker, and gave the child away because she was too poor to care for her," according to the AP.
This case and similar ones in Ireland have gained increased media attention over the last week, as rights groups have been claiming that racism has fueled both incidences, particularly because the blond-haired children looked different from their darker-complexioned family members. Roma, a minority group commonly referred to as Gypsies, has a roughly 6 million population in the European Union.
"We are dealing with the humanitarian side of this issue, looking after a young girl," Costas Yannopoulos, director of "Smile of a Child" told the AP.