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.
Luliya washing dishes. The girl lives with her grandmother.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14-year-old Luminita at a local bar. Her mother lives and works in Italy.
The woman rides the bus with her grandson.
Luliya, who lives with his grandmother, going to school. Her mother lives and works in Germany.
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.
Children in the family room at the shelter in terrible. Initially, a shelter built for the orphans of World War II.
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.
The cold winter in Moldova.
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.