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Bulgaria's Abandoned Children (2007)

An insight into the lack of treatment and care unwanted Bulgarian children get in care homes. A truly harrowing and emotional experience. Watch Edit Mogilino is a village in Ruse Province, ... See full summary »

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An insight into the lack of treatment and care unwanted Bulgarian children get in care homes. A truly harrowing and emotional experience. Watch Edit Mogilino is a village in Ruse Province, northern Bulgaria. It became well known internationally after several reports about the institution for children with physical and mental disabilities. In 2007, the BBC showed the film "Bulgaria's Abandoned Children". The British public were deeply disturbed [1] and started a petition to the Prime Minister to intervene and put pressure on EU institutions and the Bulgarian government to solve the problem. Many British, Bulgarian and international charities intensified their work effort to solve the problem with abandoned children in the country. The case of Mogilino resembles the campaign publicising the conditions in the Romanian orphanages in the early 1990s. Bulgaria has been criticised for having one of the highest numbers of children in state institutional care in the EU.

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An investigation into state run childcare in Bulgaria
12 December 2007 | by mcdonnell-davidSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful documentary, that explores the plight of disabled kids in Bulgaria who are put in state institutions.

It is shocking to see in what is considered a developed country like Bulgaria with its multi million tourist industry let the most vulnerable children get treated worse than animals.

The smaller children are left sitting in a room all day every day, their monotony only punctuated by mealtimes. Many of the kids become sick by their treatment and lack of care. all are malnourished and think 12 have died in the past two tears. Some of them look like byproducts of a famine.

The director and workers at the institution feel no responsibility for the children and dismiss everything that is wrong and evil in the place on the children's disabilities. One guy's only disability is that he is deaf and he and others get beaten frequently. There is also an undertone of sexual abuse happening throughout the documentary that should not be ignored.

Bulgaria - Shame on you!!


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