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My glimpse of hell and the pitiful children who have been betrayed – Telegraph

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In 1990 the horror of Romania’s orphanages was revealed to the world. So why, after millions of EU funds have been poured into the country to eradicate such institutions, do thousands of vulnerable youngsters remain incarcerated? Angela Levin reports

It is not often that you get a glimpse of hell but a version of it exists down an unmade road in Bistrita, northern Romania. There stands a place that would be unfit for animals, let alone humans, but it is the only home known to 35 inmates, ranging in age from a few weeks to early adulthood. All have some degree of physical or mental disability. The building has a small room where 10 so-called “babies” – including a pallid five-year-old and a malnourished and blind seven-year-old – sleep and spend every waking hour. It was lunchtime when we visited and the empty-eyed children were either being given a bottle or fed mashed potato in watery milk by elderly female carers

via My glimpse of hell and the pitiful children who have been betrayed – Telegraph.

via My glimpse of hell and the pitiful children who have been betrayed – Telegraph.

via My glimpse of hell and the pitiful children who have been betrayed – Telegraph.

November 15, 2010 Posted by | children, crime, culture, global, government, health, history, medicine, mental, social | , , | Leave a comment

11 Most Generous Countries of 2010

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Australia may be better known for its rugged outback and the Great Barrier Reef, but the country also boasts the most generous people in the world. Sixty-four percent of Aussies have helped a stranger in the last month.NEW YORK — Australia and New Zealand shared first place, and the United States tied for fifth, in a first-of-its kind survey ranking 153 nations on the willingness of their citizens to donate time and money to charity.

China ranked near the bottom, barely higher than last-place Madagascar.

The report, released Wednesday by the British-based Charities Aid Foundation, showed striking variations in charitable behavior around the world.

For example, it found that only 4 percent of Lithuanians gave money to charity, compared with 83 percent of people in Malta; 61 percent of people in Turkmenistan did volunteer work, compared with 2 percent of Cambodians.

The overall rankings were a composite of three categories – the percentage of people who donated money, donated time and helped a stranger in the month prior to being surveyed.  Click link for photos.

September 10, 2010 Posted by | culture, global, greetings, social | , , | Leave a comment