In the winter of 2004 I accompanied Go Care
Norge on a trip to provide aid to Romania.
I witnessed their work among poor people in
the north and east of the country. In some
areas we encountered dreadful conditions,
despite all the help that Romania has received
in recent years. Before 1917, Romania was
one of Europe’s richest countries, but
was ruined by incompetent leadership in the
subsequent years. Following Ceacescu’s
fall in 1989 conditions have gradually improved,
but much remains to be done.