She hops in the car expectantly, heart fluttering, dreams soaring. As she looks at the back window as she's being driven away she thinks of what her life has been like so far.
Cristina grew up working the fields with her family - growing and harvesting grapes for the luscious wines Moldovans are known for. The work was hard and it seemed that almost everyone around her was miserable. Cristina dreamed of the time when she would be able to leave and head west where promise must exist. She had heard about the glamour of the west and she had seen others from her community leave for jobs of promise and hope. They hadn't returned. They must be having the time of their lives - away from farming - away from the misery......
to be continued....
A few facts taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Moldova
- Moldova is considered the poorest country in Europe.
- The registered GDP per capita for Moldova is 4.5 times lower than the world average.
- In 2005, about 20.8% of the population of Moldova were under the absolute poverty line and registered an income lower than US $ 2.15 (PPP) per day.
- Emigration is a mass phenomenon in Moldova and has a huge impact on the country's demographics and economy. The Moldovan Intelligence and Security Service has estimated that 600,000 to one million Moldovan citizens (almost 25% of the population) are working abroad, most illegally.
- The country has a well established wine industry. It has a vineyard area of 147,000 hectares (360,000 acres), of which 102,500 ha (253,000 acres) are used for commercial production.