Two months of silence, so much info

Mircea Dan Opris

It has been two months since I updated my travel log with the fellowship. Honestly, I did not know exactly what to write besides regular personal travel impressions, which are not very interesting.

The project on adoption and child trafficking is bigger and bigger and, probably, beside the article, there will be a book by the end of this story.

The amount of information is huge and so are the events and facts that keep flooding out from Romania, Serbia, Kosovo and the EU institutions in Brussels.

Anyway, one more hit after Brussels was Bucharest, where politicians and police have to face new way of tackling children being taken out of the country. The special police reports are almost scary. Then, I found myself in a hot and humid Belgrade.

Surprisingly, I had many interviews there with NGOs people and officials, although the summer vacation was in full swing. Serbia is a quite different case regarding adoption and child trafficking issues. More normal, I would say.

And this is due to the fact that Serbia did not have to align itself to EU regulations on child adoption. I fear these things may change after Serbia’s accession to the EU.

A new thing and a cultural shock was Kosovo, a place I haven't been to for 10 years. A new El Dorado for the American and European investors and governments, Kosovo has its own story about children, beside the old trauma of children being trafficked during times of war.

There, the big problems are emerging in the legal framework, which is still unclear, as is the new republic's international recognition.

There are still many things to say, especially because any travel in the Balkans is always full of surprises and ten times more adrenaline-producing that any working travels in Western Europe. More details will follow in the following updates, that will come weekly. I’m crossing my fingers.

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Mircea Dan Opris

Mircea Dan Opris is a Romanian investigative reporter and photographer for the national daily newspaper Jurnalul National

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