These are a few photos I took because, initially, during my trip through Roumania, I did not get to see much else. I was kind of diverted to innocent locations: modern kindergartens with modern facilities, particularly interesting while nearly all kids happened to be on vacation. The local officials showed me the toilets, the bathroom, the cloakroom. All, I must say, modern, clean, in very good condition. Of course, thesis only part of reality, yet, it indicates relevant progress. Further on, I concentrated on other locations.
I do not know to what extent the harrowing conditions in which Roumania’s abandoned and orphaned children, as I saw them 15 years ago, live today. Recent social policy changes have introduced a process of mass desinstitutionalization. Sixty-thousand children have now been reunited with their birth families or settled in foster families or group homes. I was told, though, that the problems that beset these children – attention deficit disorder, anxiety, learning disorders, … – are a serious concern.