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The Republic of Moldova is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by the Ukraine and Romania. It was formerly part of Romania and was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Moldova has been independent from the USSR since 1991, but has 3 times elected the Communist Vladimir Voronin as its president (2001, 2005, 2009). Most recently, in March 2012, Nicolae Timofti an independent judge was elected as president. Moldova is the second smallest of the former Soviet Republics and the most densely populated.

Statistical Information

  • Population: 3.5 million, up to 1 million work abroad
  • Capital: Chisinau (population 725,000)
  • Unemployment: 10% overall; 70% in rural areas
  • Poverty: 26% live below the poverty line
  • Average monthly salary: £175
  • State pension per month: £30
  • 250,000 children have one or both parents living abroad
  • Disabled victims are trafficked for begging
  • More than 8,800 children are in institutions (2015)
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We work in the town of Straseni, 12 km north-west of the capital Chisinau, which is the administrative centre of the Straseni district. It has about 20,000 inhabitants. In Straseni there are 52 school aged children with disabilities; of these only 2 go to school and 2 receive home schooling. There are 20 pre-school children with disabilities who do not attend any educational institution.

Links:   Moldova (Wikipedia), Unicef:Children in Moldova