Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bulgaria's Abandoned Children Video

In my last post HERE, I mentioned a horrific video showing the condition of children in orphanages in Bulgaria.  Please understand this--I am not being melodramatic when I say that conditions compare to the worst concentration camps the Nazis maintained, but what's worse, all of the "inmates" are fatherless children.

I want to first show you a "teaser" below.  If you speed up the video to the 1:52 mark, it's only eight minutes long.  But I can assure you, it will be eight minutes that will change your life.  I suggest you speed it up because the first part only shows an older orphan who is upset that another child broke her handbag.

After you watch this teaser, you can click on the next video, which is the full 89-minute version.   "Bulgaria's Abandoned Children" is a BBC documentary produced by their reporter Kate Blewitt.  Many of you may remember Kate from when she produced the documentary on "dying rooms" in China several years ago. 

Kate spent nearly a year in Bulgaria so that she could depict an accurate account of daily life (and death) in these orphanages.  DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND WATCH THIS FULL VERSION.  But be warned, there are parts which may not be suitable for younger children.

In the full version, you will learn how many, many children enter the orphanage at infancy because of a disability like blindness, deafness, Down syndrome, or autism.  Sadly, you will see how these children were healthy otherwise, but institutionalism has caused them to exhibit at best autistic tendencies and at worst, insanity or even death!

But for now, take a look at this teaser:




And now here is the full 89-minute version of the documentary:



Please know that this is not some freak occurrence.  It is prevalent all over the face of the globe, whether the countries are developing or are first-world.  You heard in the documentary that Bulgaria is a member of the European Union.  Unheard of.  Until now.

Spread the word, church, and spread the prayer!

26 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing the video, Anthony. It is very sad :( the little boy in the first video, he needs a real mother and father who love, cares, cherishes him, talk with him, make him laugh, treat him, massage his sore joints, get help, feed him. I am so sorry for the pain and neglect that he is receiving. He should not be treated like this! :( Will pray for him (and for others too).

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    1. Susan, the saddest thing about these kids is that they no nothing different. This "life" they're living is par for the course. Can you imagine if they just had a chance, like most kids in the world, to have a family and grow up in any facsimile of normalcy? Heck, even to grow up in poverty in a loving home is better than this.

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  2. Anthony, thank you for posting this. I'd never seen it before, but "the dying rooms" is what led us down the adoption path. My heart hurts so badly for Vesty and the other precious lives living in such heinous conditions. I'm in prayer for this situation and have been for some time now. What can we do???
    Blessings,
    Rebecca

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    1. Rebecca, thank you for your comment. The best thing we as Christians can do is a) pray, b)use social media to bring about more awareness, c)pray.

      :)

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  3. The good news is that this institution was closed after this documentary was produced and broadcast a couple of years or so ago, and the children and young adults who were featured are now in much, much better situations, where they are getting the medical care - and educations! - they deserve.

    But there are still so many others waiting...the story of the world's waiting children cannot be told often enough.

    Thank you for sharing that story...

    Susan in Ky
    Cousin to 2 from EE

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    1. I'm glad, Susan. However, we know from first-hand experience that it got better, but then things went right back to status quo. Please pray for our Hasya. The emaciation is mind-boggling.

      Thanks for a great comment!

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  4. This is terrible, I have been reading your blog as I read Adeyes every day. This has made me feel physically sick. I have told everyone I know about Adeyes blog and sent the link to my mum and her church in Germany, I am in Canada. I have told lots of people here about these children.
    We are donating my mothers day allowance to your adoption fund for Hasya. I would so much rather my present was some help to get her out.
    You are wonderful. I would love to one day do what you do but right now my husband is not on board, in the meantime I keep him updated and keep you all in my thoughts
    Natasha - Nova Scotia, Canada

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    1. Natasha, thank you for your comment. And thank you SOOOO much for helping with our fund for Hasya. Your story is extremely touching to us, and I hope by posting your comment that many others will be inspired by your heart.

      God bless!

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    2. Please pray specifically for all of the husbands whose wives are just waiting for the "OK"! I am wife to one of them, too.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this to help spread word about these helpless lives. My prayers are with these helpless hurting children but I want to act, too. Do you know if any of the specific children featured in the video are, or became available, for adoption? Is there a way to donate for them, send care packages... anything that you know of?

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    1. Hi, Anonymous. Thank you for your heart. The sad thing about the orphanage in Mogilino is that we're not sure how to get a status update on the kids. The video you just saw was filmed in 2007 and there's no way of knowing.

      However, if you want to help orphans in another orphanage, like in the one in Pleven, then be on the lookout on my wife's blog--www.nogreaterjoymom.com. Within a week, she's going to post a way you can help with orphans from there!

      God bless you.

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    2. The orphanage in Mogilino has now been shut down and the children placed elsewhere. Because of the privacy of the kids, I don't know if you can find out specifics about them, but here is an article that mentions a couple of them by name and talks abut the closure of Mogilino which at that time was imminent:

      http://www.tbact.org/4fdabf7490a64efa89219bf77fc0b0fb.htm

      Recent articles in the Bulgarian news have referred to the orphanage in Pleven as "Mogilino 2" so help there is also definitely needed.

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    3. Wow, Carol, we didn't know that! Thank you for the tip. Very helpful. I am saddened that the Pleven orphanage is called that. That, as you may or may not know, is where our daughter, Hasya, currently lives. But that sure explains why she is so emaciated. Please pray for that orphanage and all of them in the country.

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    4. We just brought home our son Niko from Pleven. My husband got home with him on Saturday, and so far our adjustment is going very well. He has Down syndrome, and of course has additional delays and health challenges to deal with as a result of living in the orphanage. He's only 3 though, so he didn't have to suffer there as long as your beautiful daughter. We will continue in prayer for Hasya and all the other precious children. God's blessings on you and Adeye and your family.

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  6. I cannot imagine watching the whole video. Those nine minutes were so, so sad. I just don't understand how there are so many children out there who need homes. I hope that one day my future husband will feel the same calling to adopt special needs children.

    Thank you for the constant inspiration that you and your family are to so many.

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    1. Thank you, Anonymous. I am sure that if God has placed this passion within you, that your future husband will either have a like passion or he will be so releasing to you that it seems as if he has it too.

      Thank you for your words.

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  7. Hello Anthony, I've been reading Adeye's blog for a while now and that is how I found your blog. That video breaks my heart in pieces!! How can we get that sweet girl that is in sooo much pain OUT OF THERE?! HOW can these people, this gov't be ALLOWED to treat children in this manner? To let them languish in squalor and suffer so needlessly? In the U.S. this would be called child abuse and they'd be shut down! WHY are these orphanages not doing better by these children? That child's screams of pain haunt me. What can I do?? Sincerely, Lori

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    1. Hi, Lori. That girl you're referring to is Vasky. Fortunately, after an international outcry as a result of that documentary you watched, there's good news about that little angel. Just read this quote from a report that came two years after the film producer first left Mogolino. The link is at
      http://poundpuplegacy.org/node/39694

      "Vasky has been moved to an institute for the blind, which though large has excellent care and she has been transformed into a happy, active, smiling young lady. She eats well and demands two courses at meal times, giggling cheekily with her carer as she asks if she can go out in her car with her."

      As for what you can do for the others, the answer is LOTS! Keep you eye open on my wife's blog at nogreaterjoymom.com. Soon she's going to tell you what you can do to help the orphans where our daughter is currently, in Pleven.

      Thanks for writing. And PRAY! That's a huge thing you can do. God is already moving.

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  8. I couldn't help but sob. It is breaking my heart that kids are in this kind of torment and that the "caretakers" are so incredibly obvlivious. So incredibly and utterly sad at the deepest level.

    God has used Adeye's blog to spur us on. We are looking into adoption internationally now. Thanks be to God, he has been working on our hearts. Praying for miracles at this point.

    Thank you for sharing that, as hard as it was to watch.

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    1. Yes, Marcy, it IS hard to watch. But so is the footage from Nazi concentration camps. There's such value in seeing truth. It gives God opportunity to mobilize His church, like He's doing with you guys, it looks like.

      Thank you for following, and keep praying!

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  9. I can't stop the tears either...all I can say is a huge Thank You. B/c of what you and your wife are doing, your actions are truly showing the world through our adoption community, that love is above all else. I can't even put into words what I really want to say...I'm shaking as I type to think of the horrible things I've just seen. How, how, how can these women, grown adults, just casually lift those suffering children the way they do? I have to wonder how you and your wife will travel to these places with no anger?! I would be so angry just coming face to face and then on top of it all please tell me you are not expected to "give gifts" to the workers?? Oh Lord, I pray for you all to show calm love in their faces b/c if anyone can it is you all!! Thank you for sharing and most of all CARING!!

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    1. Hi, Mommy (ok, that sounds weird),

      We're not sure if Bulgaria requires us to give gifts to their orphanage workers. I'd love to give them a Bible, wouldn't you? But you're right. I told Adéye the same thing--that my flesh will want to lash out at them by shaking them violently to wake them up to the inhumanity they're guilty of. But unfortunately, when a person has their apathetic values ingrained in them from years of being in their culture, you have to pity them. We must pray that God breaks through their deceived hearts. And meanwhile, we must do all we can do to rescue those poor children out of there!

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  10. Anthony, I watched this whole video a month or so ago! I watched it in the 8 minute increments on youtube. We've adopted a little girl from Ukraine with DS. But its never enough for me! I just wish I could bring them all home. Its not fair! Now we just have to keep raising awareness that this is still going on in 2012!

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    1. Lacey, bless your heart for adopting a little girl from Ukraine with DS like we did with two of them. You may not be able to bring them all home, but you've made a HUGE difference in the life of THAT little girl, and that's what the Father looks at.

      You keep being a beacon and a voice to these children! Don't stop spreading the word and the Word!

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  11. I have really no idea how I ended up here on your blog; it was surfing one of those internet waves, I guess. I stayed up past midnight, watching these videos on youtube. Oh my, I had no idea this was going on. I can't stop crying for these children, and I hear Vasky's desperate cries ringing in my ears. I just pray, Oh Lord, what can I do?? Once you have seen and heard this...once you know....how can you turn away? How can you forget, ever? The incredible waste and selfishness in this world is so disheartening and makes me furious. There are those who have so (too) much, and those who :::suffer::: their whole lives...What can I do??
    Laure in Denver, CO

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  12. ia dont speak english im from bosnia this is soo sead please tell me is vaski good every they thiknk for him i would help him please

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