Photos showing life in one of Europe’s poorest countries, Moldova

children in Moldova

The following photo essay is from the book “The Other Hundred: 100 Faces, Places, Stories.” The book does the opposite of the famous Forbes 100 list by showing photos and telling the stories of people around the world “who are not rich but whose lives, struggles and achievements deserve to be celebrated.” 1 The following photos are about life for the poorest in the eastern European country of Moldova. Because of the lack of jobs, nearly one fourth of the working age population has left the country to find work abroad. Often, these people are trafficked by gangs and mafia and have to pay large sums of money in order to be smuggled into other countries, mostly in western or northern Europe. The money that they earn and bring back, or remittances, are a vital part of the local Moldovan economy. Many of these workers have to leave behind their children for up to years at a time.

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baby in Moldova

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