in Tandarei, Romania
HEADMISTRESS Steluta Mitrea gazed over the gipsy children’s empty
desks in her classroom yesterday and sighed: “All gone –
gone to Anglia.”
Only ten out of 25 children are left in Class Five at School No1 in the
ramshackle Romanian town of Tandarei.
Steluta, 40, who has taught in the town for 16 years, said: “Nobody
knows who will be next to vanish. They just stop turning up for school and
we don’t see them again.
“It is very unsettling for the school and the problem is getting
bigger. Everyone here knows about the benefits you can get from the state in
Britain and the healthcare and schools.
“We suspect their parents are going there for these things and
supplement their income by putting their children on the streets to beg. It
is sad but there is nothing we can do to stop it.”
A year ago – when Romania bec
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