Curator Selection / 2020 / /

ABANDONED ELDERLY - 30 YEARS POST COMMUNISM

  • Photographer
    Michele Zousmer
  • Image Location
    Romania and Bulgaria
  • Credit
    Michele Zousmer

Thirty years ago Communism ended. After years of living in a state of control, many people fled their country to start a new life. New governments took over but life has remained difficult for many.
In Romania and Bulgaria, older people are living in isolated villages. They are living in rural villages far from family and friends. I watched them as they were preparing for the upcoming winter. They spent their days foraging in the forest for wild mushrooms, spices, and berries, collecting firewood and corn for their few animals.
These people are spending their last years alone and in poverty.