Romanian child needs suicide to make his will heard

Article published on Dec. 6, 2007
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Article published on Dec. 6, 2007
Every single minute, one person commits suicide - worldwide. On Tuesday, 2 October, 06:02, this person was a 12 year old child from Romania. He decided not to live any more because he found no solution to his mother’s leaving. A potential scenario to be followed by any of the 60.000 children confronted with the same problem.

sucide_attempt.JPGLately, Romanian children left in charge of grandparents, relatives or friends became the protagonists of dramas ranging from reduced capacity to cope with schoolwork until depressions eventually generating suicidal actions. Surveys rank the North East Region first in the top of abandoned children - counties such as Suceava, Neamţ, Galaţi and Iaşi occuppying top positions. Psychologists report that over 80% of the children hospitalized in the County of Neamt ’suffer from pahtological diseases caused by the feeling of masked abandon’ . Their sufference is only temporarily alleviated by therapy.

Needless to explain, roots of depression reside in the damaging pseudo-familial environment where patients find themselves forced to return against recurrent attempts to escape. Desperate gestures motivating this far too recently acknowledged urge for promt intervention could have been avoided. The PRO TV media campaign, “Do you know how your kid has been doing lately?” succeeded in coagulating a lobby reaction from the part of the civil society towards this abnormal recrudescent behaviour. So far, 22.000 Romanian children have been deprived by both parents, as a consequence of the latter’s decision to work abroad.

Ideally, parents ought to secure new homes for their children after settling down. Against all invoked excuses, tuition is free in Italy and Spain, to mention but two destinations where one million Romanians are legally registered.

Otherwise, a ”National Authority for Protecting the Rights of Children” supervises the activity of 45 “County Directions for Child protection”. Nevertheless, they are not legally bound to develop coherent programs with the purpose of detecting problematic cases. Left unaddressed, this hysteria seems to have run out of control.

by Geanina Turcanu Credit Photo: Akane Kinomoto/Flickr