Earlier last week, a BBC-documentary was broadcasted on Belgian television. The documentary showed a institution for light mentally handicapped children. That was the official name for it. In reality one dumped perfect healthy, but unwanted children in that institution or better said hell. The children were left to fend for themselves and neglected. The result are underfed oligophrenic children.
The documentary shows e.g. a perfect healthy, far from mentally disturbed girl abandoned by her mother. The girl writes her mother daily, but the letters are never sent. You see the girl slowly languish and getting insane. The staff of that institution barely does something for these children and there are even indications that they maltreat the children. They only give them some kind of slop and treat e.g. a broken bone with some salve. As if that would help.
This happens not in some third world country but in Bulgaria, a member of the EU.
You can see the whole documentary on line at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9176914173325307126
The documentary is copy righted by the BBC, see also http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/features/bulgarias-children.shtml for details.
As a father, human being, … I was shocked. If you are too after you’ve seen this appalling situation, you can do something about it. Check http://www.abandonedchildren.org.uk/ for details.
Update: The Bulgarian authorities have, according to their national TV, closed down this orphanage (and some others too). It’s unclear what happened with the children.