Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

• Social orphans: in Moldova live children of parents

who left to work in Europe

The Republic of Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. About one million of its citizens working in the EU, Russia and other countries of the world. Every year migrant workers are sent home about 1, 6 billion USD. Project photographer Myriam Meloni (Myriam Meloni) talks about "social orphans" Moldova - children growing up without parents, who had gone to work in another country.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

Luliya washing dishes. The girl lives with her grandmother.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

In the photo: children play near the school for orphans in Straseni.

According to UNICEF, every fifth child in Moldova one or both parent work abroad. Children are raised by grandparents, distant relatives, or they are left to themselves.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

In the photo: Julia, 10 years old.

When his parents divorced Julia, their financial situation was unstable, so by the court the girl and her two brothers were sent to an orphanage in Romania. The children lived in a shelter for three years, until their mother could not find a job in Germany and was not able to earn money for their upkeep. The woman took the children back to Moldova, and now they live with his grandmother.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

60-year-old Nina with her 10-year-old grandson. Nina is raising her two grandchildren. Parents of these children are living abroad. Their mother works in Italy, and his father - in France.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

In the photo: an abandoned factory in the town of Taraclia, Moldova.

Republic of Moldova gained its independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, its history is largely dependent on agriculture.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

In the photo: lunch at an orphanage in Straseni.

According to the director of the orphanage, the parents of these children can not engage in their education on social, economic and legal reasons. In many cases, the parents are working abroad, and the children are left to themselves.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

In the photo: 21-year-old George and his father.

When George was 18 years old, he decided to go to Italy with his mother and find a job there. A year later, George wanted to go back to Moldova. Now he works as a carpenter, and receives less than EUR 5 per day.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

14-year-old Luminita at a local bar. Her mother lives and works in Italy.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

The woman rides the bus with her grandson.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

Luliya, who lives with his grandmother, going to school. Her mother lives and works in Germany.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

9-year-old Bogdan (pictured) lives with his grandmother, along with his brother and sister, because their mother works in Germany. A few months ago, his grandmother discovered cancer of the uterus. Due to the constant pain she is unable to look after her three children.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

Children in the family room at the shelter in terrible. Initially, a shelter built for the orphans of World War II.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

24-year-old Steopa with his 2-year-old daughter of an Other. His wife had gone to work in Russia, when Ina was 7 months, and since then she has only occasionally an opportunity to come home.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

The cold winter in Moldova.

Social orphans: in Moldova live in the children of parents who have left to work in Europe

17-year-old Andrei with his friends. Father and brother Andrew lived in Italy, and when the boy turns 18, he will join them. Andrew, like most young Moldovans do not see their future in their own country.