Sunday, August 16, 2009

"Home Alone" - Documentary on Migration Effects

The local TV station 1TV has recently broadcast their striking "Home Alone" documentary on the situation of the elderly people left behind by those who go to the west in search of a better financial life. What do they leave behind? - "Pain - Loneliness - Poverty - Hope - Tears". Home Alone shows the naked heart-breaking truth of thousands of people over 60 years old who live a real drama under the powerless gaze of authorities... "You haven't died for 90 years, you won't die one or two months" is the shocking answer of a Romanian youngster to his elderly mother before heading for the west...The problem is they never stay away for just one month - so easily months turn into years until they themselves get tangled in their own life problems and become powerless themselves ...
Again, I believe that this is not just a local problem - as we have recently seen, any local problem is a global problem that will affect us all - in one way or another, sooner or later...

1 comment:

Innovation said...

I think the change in Romania should start with the media, which produces to many dramas out of normal problems. I wonder what's the purpose of the media? Is it to inform or to create mass depression?

Yes, of course migration is a problem - a normal problem for a developing country. But let's see the bright side of it: if we look back in the history, problems were always the trigger for a change in better.

Please stay optimistic and, as Napoleon Hill says, be VERY careful what you read and watch! In the end, the "poor" media is just giving Romanians what they long for: dramas.