Following an unannounced inspection, the National Ombudsman of Bulgaria has requested intervention by the State agency for Child Protection to ensure the safety of children in the small group home
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A court in the Greek city of Larissa will shortly decide the custody case of “Maria”, the little Roma girl whose story made headlines across the world. The authorities will have to decide on whether the little girl will stay in Greece or hand her over to the country of her birth – Bulgaria.
It’s over three years since the Prosecutor General in Bulgaria announced criminal investigations into the deaths of 238 children in state care. The deaths, a roll call of unbearable suffering, from starvation to violent abuse occurred between 2000 and 2010 – so why hasn’t a single case
Describing the case as a ‘national tragedy’, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has found the Bulgarian authorities failed in their duty to protect the lives of 15 vulnerable children living in the social care ‘home’ in Dzhurkovo who died for lack of food, heat, medicines and basic
The horrific video of three female carers beating a group of young boys, aged between 7 and 9 years, in a Russian ‘orphanage’ is a sickening reminder that physical abuse of children is commonplace and can be part of the daily routine children growing up in institutional care can suffer.