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According to the U.S. government, Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe, depends on about $1.6 billion annually sent back from the roughly one million Moldovans who left for work in in Europe, Russia, and other former Soviet Bloc countries. Photographer Myriam Meloni went to Moldova to document what she refers to as “social orphans” – children whose parents have emigrated to another country in search of a job and a better future for their families. Here: Lulia is seen washing dishes in her grandmother's house, where she lives. (Photo by Myriam Meloni)

According to the U.S. government, Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe, depends on about $1.6 billion annually sent back from the roughly one million Moldovans who left for work in in Europe, Russia, and other former Soviet Bloc countries. Photographer Myriam Meloni went to Moldova to document what she refers to as “social orphans” – children whose parents have emigrated to another country in search of a job and a better future for their families. Here: Lulia is seen washing dishes in her grandmother's house, where she lives. (Photo by Myriam Meloni)
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12 Mar 2016 14:57:00
Moldova's Victor Ciobanu in action with Georgia's Dato Chkhartishvili during the men's 60kg semi final at the World Wrestling Olympic Games Qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria on May 8, 2021. (Photo by Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

Moldova's Victor Ciobanu in action with Georgia's Dato Chkhartishvili during the men's 60kg semi final at the World Wrestling Olympic Games Qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria on May 8, 2021. (Photo by Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)
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18 May 2021 09:03:00
People have fun on an alley through Christmas lights in downtown Chisinau, Moldova, 23 December 2021. Traditionally, people from former countries of the Soviet Union, still celebrate Christmas on two occasions, on 25 December and 07 January. (Photo by Dumitru Doru/EPA/EFE)

People have fun on an alley through Christmas lights in downtown Chisinau, Moldova, 23 December 2021. Traditionally, people from former countries of the Soviet Union, still celebrate Christmas on two occasions, on 25 December and 07 January. (Photo by Dumitru Doru/EPA/EFE)
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25 Dec 2021 08:46:00
A man stands at a passenger train damaged in a collision with a freight train in Moscow region May 20, 2014. The passenger train on its way to Moldova collided with a freight train near Moscow on Tuesday, killing at least four people and injuring 15, a spokeswoman for Russia's Emergencies Ministry said. The reason for the collision, near the town of Naro-Fominsk 55 km (34 miles) southwest of Moscow, was not immediately clear. (Photo by Grigory Dukor/Reuters)

A man stands at a passenger train damaged in a collision with a freight train in Moscow region May 20, 2014. The passenger train on its way to Moldova collided with a freight train near Moscow on Tuesday, killing at least four people and injuring 15, a spokeswoman for Russia's Emergencies Ministry said. The reason for the collision, near the town of Naro-Fominsk 55 km (34 miles) southwest of Moscow, was not immediately clear. (Photo by Grigory Dukor/Reuters)
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21 May 2014 11:27:00
Telavi, Georgia. The photographer says his fascination with Slavic languages and culture took him onto a long journey through post-Soviet Europe, before he finally settled in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. (Photo by Gianluca Pardelli)

Gianluca Pardelli is something of an expert on markets. For the past two years, he’s travelled across eastern Europe, from Azerbaijan to Uzbekistan, Moldova to Georgia, photographing them. Here: Telavi, Georgia. (Photo by Gianluca Pardelli)
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16 Nov 2015 08:10:00
The three pals dressed to the nines enjoyed a boozy night out in Leeds, United Kingdom on August 27, 2021. (Photo by Nb press ltd)

The three pals dressed to the nines enjoyed a boozy night out in Leeds, United Kingdom on August 27, 2021. Boozed-up Brits flocked to bars across the country to enjoy the start of the three-day break. (Photo by Nb press ltd)
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29 Aug 2021 06:58:00
An Afghan vendor selling birds to be kept as pets wait for customers in his shop in Kabul on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Ahmad Sahel Arman/AFP Photo)

An Afghan vendor selling birds to be kept as pets wait for customers in his shop in Kabul on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Ahmad Sahel Arman/AFP Photo)
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01 Apr 2022 06:07:00
A boy bursts a soap-bubble at Gorky Park in Moscow on July 19, 2017. (Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP Photo)

A boy bursts a soap-bubble at Gorky Park in Moscow on July 19, 2017. (Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP Photo)
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13 Dec 2017 07:30:00