Romanian children suffer as parents come here
The headmaster glanced around the classroom. "Hands up, those of you with parents who are working abroad," he told them. A forest of arms shot up; out of a class of 21 pupils at the school in Liteni in northern
"Who do you stay with?" the headmaster, Gheorghe Moga, asked. "My grandmother," replied one of the 10-year-olds with his hand in the air. "My cousin," said an 11-year-old. Mr Moga went around the room. Grandmother, cousin, grandmother, cousin...
The adults, who often send back money for toys, mobiles and school books, believe that they are making a sacrifice for the good of their children, but the Romanian authorities say their new wealth often comes at a terrible price. Many of the children left behind have become miserable and withdrawn and some, unable to cope without their parents, have killed themselves.
Last March, Razvan Suculiuc walked home from school in the
In February, eight-year-old Constantin Jitaru hanged himself in Uricani village in western
In November, an 11-year-old boy killed himself in Mosna village, in the
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