… life and work

Life as it is in a developing country

Covering 33,800 square kilometres, the country between Rumania and the Ukraine is slightly larger than Belgium. According to different statements, about 80 % of the almost 3.56 million inhabitants are living below the poverty line. Just looking at the figures, the situation of the individual citizen of the former Soviet republic remains initially rather vague. However, it becomes more tangible if one takes a closer look at the living conditions of the people: about a million citizens have left their country during the past years to try their luck or to find work elsewhere. In spite of this enormous migration of mainly young and healthy people, jobs for the ones who remain behind are few and far between. Unemployment benefit, social or similar benefits provided by the state are not enough to survive. There is a complete lack of functioning medical care. Heating fuels such as gas or oil – which are essential commodities in winters, where the temperatures are constantly minus fifteen degrees – are in short supply. Apart from that, the average citizen would hardly be able to pay for them. Many houses, streets, public facilities, electricity and water supply – provided they exist – are in urgent need of repair. In short: the Republic of Moldova is below the level of a developing country; many of her residents live in desperate circumstances. And like anywhere else, where the population of a region even lacks the basic necessities, it is the weakest who suffer the most: the children, the sick and elderly, the disabled and people on the fringe of society.