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Children of Ceausescu


Children of Ceaucescu

Five children per family, the law said. There was no contraception and abortion was a crime. As a result, there were the orphanages, which made the tragic headlines around the world after the dictator`s fall from power. They were for the children with no parents, whose mothers were in prison after an illegal abortion or dead at the hands of some back-street abortionist. Guilt-ridden, their fathers slid into alcoholism. Then the state would put the two or three surviving children into a an orphanage. The healthy ones were groomed for the secret police`s special units; the sick and disabled wasted away in their own filth – the flotsam of an uncaring insane society.

Excerpt from A good person is worth as much as a piece of bread by Herta Müller

Fresh milk, vitamins, and food were scarce, so institutions were told to treat the malnourished and anemic children with a fast-fix ”pick-me-up” consisting of transfusions of unscreened plasma. Compounding the issue, caseworkers often reused
vaccination needles on children, frequently using one needle on as many as ten children. The result: widespread AIDS throughout the child population in Romania.




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