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30 Years Ago, Romania Deprived Thousands of Babies of Human Contact [theatlantic.com]

 

By Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, June 23, 2020

For his first three years of life, Izidor lived at the hospital.

The dark-eyed, black-haired boy, born June 20, 1980, had been abandoned when he was a few weeks old. The reason was obvious to anyone who bothered to look: His right leg was a bit deformed. After a bout of illness (probably polio), he had been tossed into a sea of abandoned infants in the Socialist Republic of Romania.

In films of the period documenting orphan care, you see nurses like assembly-line workers swaddling newborns out of a seemingly endless supply; with muscled arms and casual indifference, they sling each one onto a square of cloth, expertly knot it into a tidy package, and stick it at the end of a row of silent, worried-looking babies. The women don’t coo or sing to them.* You see the small faces trying to fathom what’s happening as their heads whip by during the wrapping maneuvers.

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Wow. I highly recommend reading this. This story evokes a "NEVER AGAIN!" scream from my core. No child should EVER experience this, or anything even approximating this. We — all of us in ACEs Connection and others across the globe — are laying the foundation so that this will be the stuff of a barbaric history long gone. 

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