Europe


Romania

Children left behind

After suffering for more than 40 years under communist rule, the people of Romania are struggling to rebuild their nation and are hoping for a better future for their children.

The greatest poverty in Romania is in the rural areas of the country where over 300,000 orphans roam the streets—many of them are involved in child prostitution and various underground sex trades. One in five children in Romania is exploited and forced to do manual labour to support their poverty-stricken families and almost half of all Romanians are living on less than £1 per day.

In the poorest areas, parents are forced to leave Romania to find work in other countries—leaving their children in the care of the government, extended family members, or private institutions. Almost 40,000 children have been left behind - depressed, angry, and alone. Read more here.

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