behind the absence abcnews

ABC News explores the social problems in Moldova resulting from children bring left behind while one million Moldavians work abroad. See the full slide show at ABC News.


According to the U.S. government, Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe, depends on about $1.6 billion annually sent back from the roughly one million Moldovans who left for work in in Europe, Russia, and other former Soviet Bloc countries. Photographer Myriam Meloni went to Moldova to document what she refers to as “social orphans” — children whose parents have emigrated to another country in search of a job and a better future for their families. Pictured, Lulia is seen washing dishes in her grandmother’s house, where she lives.

Each winter, CPC is honored to partner with OM to send aid to these grandparents and families struggling to survive. OM works through local churches to distribute food parcels and firewood to village families.


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