Saturday, February 19, 2005

ROMANIA

Western “market led” reforms by the likes of the World Bank have left most of the population 8 times poorer than 10 years ago.


44% of Romanians are now reportedly living in poverty

95% of Romanian households in some parts of the north east have no running water, 10% cannot afford to connect to the electricity supply and there are no social services

Romanians still barely get by in grinding poverty and believe the only way out is by being corrupt. It begins with parents having to give teachers gifts to make sure their children are well treated. It continues with having to ay a bribe for a driver's license, decent hospital treatment or a seat on a crowded airliner.

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