Children Underground (2001)

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Homeless children are the casualties of Romania's recent history. In an effort to increase the nation's work force, former communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu outlawed contraception and abortion. Thousands of unwanted children were placed in stage orphanages, where they faced terrible conditions. With the fall of Communism, many children moved onto the streets. Some were from the orphanages. Others were runaways from impoverished families. Today there are 20 000 children living on the streets. The resources for sheltering these homeless youth are severely limited. This is the story of five children who live in a subway station in Bucharest, Romania