Ceausescu’s forgotten children: Closing the last of Romania’s communist-era orphanages

Ceausescu’s forgotten children: Closing the last of Romania’s communist-era orphanages

In the remote Transylvania town of Sighetu Marmatiei, Olga, now 22, picks her way through the debris littering the floor of the empty Camin Spital orphanage. It is an imposing four-storey building, built in the typically brutalist style of Communist-era architecture. Until its closure in 2003, the institution was home to hundreds of children with physical and learning disabilities.

“It’s like the doll I used to have,” Olga says, picking up a pink rag doll in a room strewn with old clothes. “It is so gloomy here.”

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