As we approached the children’s institution in Siret, we had been told before entering the grounds that this was one of the places that the 20/20 news piece had visited and filmed. We figured that since communism fell in 1989, things would be much different by now, 10 years later. We parked outside the iron gates. As they opened we looked at a dismal setting. Among other things, the dank and run down cement buildings had paint peeling, which was not uncommon to see in Romania; but here, where children were housed, it felt ominous and cruel. We saw a few young teens, moving about through the main roadway corridor inside the property. They were sullen, quiet.
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