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  • “He was a weak child”

    I’m roaming around Ferentari with the mother of a drug addict. “He might be dead somewhere. Maybe he found a cozy spot and never came out...

  • My First Facebook Live

    “You’re coming with us”, one of them says and pushes me into the van.

  • “She would have died anyway“

    December 18th 2013. Doctor Burnei summons the TV networks: he’s performing a surgical procedure that has never before been attempted in Romania...

  • “It was an experiment“

    The most famous orthopaedist in Romania experimented with an uncertified implant on a little girl born with a limp. Eleven surgical procedures...

  • We want them back alive!

    A youngster fumbles for a rock, grips it firmly and throws it in an effort to counter the bursts of gunfire. “Let us be. We’re students!”...

  • A Gonzo Story on Digital Journalism

    Objectivity is dead. It never even existed. We deluded ourselves. We’re human and weak, we always had an angle, and objectivity is the angle...

  • Too poor not to smoke

    Romania: where half a million penniless folks throw away a decent part of their measly income on smokes. Poor smokers ditch more cash on tobacco...

  • We defend our lands and women

    The Kurds in Syria want to build an egalitarian society at the border with the Islamic State

  • Give God a call

    An extremely thin young woman, with a rather hanging pair of breasts and a gentle gaze, pulls a piece of paper out of her pocket and unfolds...

  • We’re mourning, asshole!

    It’s cold. She’s rather short, donning a black handkerchief on her weary head, and she’s gracing Magheru Boulevard shouting the lyrics:...

  • 4000 kilometers hurdles

    Normally, we could’ve cross the borders, get taxis, trains and airplanes. But the trip with the refugees was more chaotic – in the trunk...

  • Poverty is a mental disorder

    Special needs schools are filled with low-income children. The harsh conditions in which they were raised affects them in ways interpreted as...

  • Sad Pills for Special Kids

    Ten children hustle around a teenager with a mohawk, while loud voices can be heard from the other side of the door – other kids also want...

  • Fantasy Land

    About 120,000 people left the young Republic of Kosovo during the past months, mainly to Germany and Austria. Economic despair, political apathy,...

  • Two Blondes and One “Special”

    “I’m banging my head against the machines. I cannot give up gambling. I’ll go pledge my last house.” Aguy calls, he speaks quietly, I...

  • 283 Minutes

    It’s not an actual room, rather, it’s a space which is separated from the waiting room of the ARENA centre by double-pane windows and...

  • The PM’s Witnesses

    The ringtone on my phone goes off screaming uniți salvăm Roșia Montană (song related to the 2013 Protests Against a Mining Project). Hello?...

  • Journalist Beaten by Policemen while Investigating Police Abuse in Bucharest

    [Romanian version] On Monday evening, reporter Ștefan Mako was beaten by policemen in the Old City Center of Bucharest, because he had filmed...

  • The Good Bum

    440km. This is what’s left of the journey. A wool blanket and a red quilt hang limp at the sides of two plastic bags carried by a man with...

  • Rodion’s Dream

    A musical genius has the misfortune of being born in communist Romania. He is rediscovered in the age of the Internet and turned into an underground...

  • I ♥ COPPER

    Here’s a simple math equation that portrays the story Seven meters of Romtelecom cable = six hundred thousand lei = three bags of ethnobotanicals...

  • Bruce Lee, The King Of Sewers

    In a sewer under Bucharest’s biggest train station a man covered with iron chains and tattoos sits on a matrimonial bed watching an action...

  • Transnistria. The republic of torture

    100 km away from Romania lies a place where justice means blackmail and torture. An undercover investigation in Tiraspol’s prisons April 1st,...

  • The Second Horse Massacre

    Citește varianta în română On the floor of a dilapidated stable in Botosani county, a horse collapses in a pile of dung left by the cows...

  • All the objects are blessed

    A gold-embroidered mask eyeballs me from a coffin. On top it has a shiny cross over a crimson robe from which a vine with golden thread thrives....

  • The Emperor of Năvodari

    In some Romanian towns, when the mayor is caught stealing, citizens take to the streets to defend him from justice. I have entered the world...

  • The village is shaking

    There’s an earthquake on command! On commaaaaand! Wait, don’t shut me up… ON COMMAAAAND! THE EARTHQUAKE IS ON COMMAAAAND! A...

  • Let’s Build Romania’s New Journalism

    Over the last month we’ve met many romanians disappointed with today’s news media. They worried about the future and asked themselves:...

  • Cristina’s street

    It’s a Sunday in May and parishioners of a church in central Bucharest huddle in the shadows on the sidewalks that lead them home. Some cast...

  • The amusement park within the diamond factory

    Elena Ceaușescu sits around lagging at the Central Committee and throws rather thick gazes at the jar perched up on her husband’s desk. A...

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