Romania

Romania’s Forgotten Children, May 2002

Ten years after working in Negru Voda Orphanage, Romania as an aid worker, I returned as journalist. Despite the huge input of aid in the previous 10 years there was little sign of any real improvement. Many of the children I had worked with were still there and their futures looked bleak.

  • Georgie lies on his bed in the Orphanage, Negru Voda which is home to 360 children. Kate Holt.
  • Many of the children in Negru Voda, like those pictured in this room, are severely traumatised. Kate Holt.
  • The main road outside Negru Voda orphanage. Many towns like Negru Voda were cut off for years. Kate Holt.
  • Sorin is 19 years old and has lived in Negru Voda since he was three years old. Kate Holt.
  • Many children in Negru Voda don't speak or communicate through years of neglect. Kate Holt.
  • This is the first round of blood testing for the 360 children which took place in 2002. Kate Holt.
  • A ward in Negru Voda Hospital. Many children like Emmanuel in the foreground cannot walk. Kate Holt.
  • Many of the children have severe behavioral problems - the staff do not know how to handle them. Kate Holt.
  • A ward at Negru Voda. The children rarely go outside as there are few nurses to watch over them. Kate Holt.
  • Nicolae is fourteen years old and has been in Negru Voda since he was two. Kate Holt.