It wasn’t until Svetlana’s family took her to a doctor, that they realized the 12-year-old had been raped.
"It hurts me that she could not trust me enough to come and tell me immediately.
Fully one million live abroad and a big part of the economy is remittances, as in Mexico. I do have local friend who is Palestinian and a young dentist.
The country is ethnic Romanian with a good number of Russians as well. The CIA report lists Moldova as the poorest country in Europa and one of the poorest on the planet, save for the African dumpsters. They are a little slow to warm up to you, but given the way they drink (like fish), it doesn't take long to get it going. There is a party most every night and the clubs are filled with smoking hot women. I'm getting ripped off on a shit apartment that I rented through a busted up English idiot who has been here for 5 years and doesn't know much. He's passable looking and has a beautiful girlfriend.
This is a tragedy for our family and there is no way we can undo it,” says Nona. The unwritten rules of their community say that no other Roma man will marry her.
Local community traditions dictated that Svetlana describe her rape to a group of local women in excruciating detail.
Then the —the Roma tribunal—listened to both parties.
It was not until Svetlana’s family threatened to report to the police, that the perpetrator finally admitted his guilt.
"Violence against women is endemic in Moldova, and in cases like Svetlana's it’s a double curse: rape followed by a forced marriage," says Corneliu Eftodi, National Programme Officer at UN Women Moldova.
“UN Women is working with Roma women to help them overcome their experience of violence and become role models who can support other women in their communities.” With grants from UN Women, civil society partners across Moldova are piloting new approaches to end violence against women and girls, from championing role models to facilitating justice for child survivors and working with young men, police officers and religious leaders to prevent domestic violence.
Photo: UN Women Programme ‘Women in Politics’/Dorin Goian Svetlana*, 12, was walking home from school when a 17-year-old boy—a distant relative who visited her home sometimes—insisted to give her a lift in his car.