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Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers
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Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is a beautiful city full of graceful architecture and rich with history. But beneath its beautiful streets is another world, buried there after the fall of Romania’s brutal communist dictatorship – a world of sewers and forgotten orphans.

This underground network of sewers is home to the city’s lost and forgotten souls, most of whom have HIV and a quarter of whom suffer from TB. The sewers, and their king Bruce Lee, were the subject of a recently released Channel 4 News film.

Bruce Lee, this underworld’s king and primary drug dealer, is a complicated figure. He keeps the underground supplied with a metallic paint called Aurelac that they inhale to get high and with other synthetic drugs. However, the fearsome orphan and former street-fighter also pays local gangs for protection and protects other young orphans who have fallen through the cracks. Social workers say that Lee protects the youngsters from sexual predators and that junkies are far less likely to die when Lee offers them a warm place to sleep.

The sewers are remnants of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s grand plan to centrally heat the city. Although this plan didn’t work out, the ruined infrastructure gave the orphans who were forgotten after the fall of his dictatorship a place to live.

Source: dailymail | Image credits: Radu Ciorniciuc

Bruce Lee enters his underground sewer kingdom underneath Bucharest

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Lee provides these sewers’ denizens with metallic paint and synthetic drugs – their only comforts

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

This orphan and former street fighter takes care of the underground community’s youth

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Most of these people have HIV, and a quarter have TB

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Their residents are junkies and orphans who fell through the cracks after the fall of Ceausescu’s dictatorship

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

The sewers offer junkies and street kids a warm and relatively safe place to stay

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Social workers say that Lee also protects children from sexual predators

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Lee pays local gangs protection money to keep the sewers safe

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

The sewers and tunnels are leftovers from Ceausescu’s attempt to give Bucharest central heating

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Life Under The Streets: Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Find Homes In The City Sewers

Image credits: Radu Ciorniciuc

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Matt York
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3 years ago

take poverty porn and shove it .

LuizaSarbu
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6 years ago

Where in Bucharest is this? What neighborhood?

Ionescu Mihaela
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5 years ago

near Gara de Nord

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TRPbjs1927
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I hate this post its stupid and inaccurate suck it Romainia

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Matt York
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3 years ago

take poverty porn and shove it .

LuizaSarbu
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6 years ago

Where in Bucharest is this? What neighborhood?

Ionescu Mihaela
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5 years ago

near Gara de Nord

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TRPbjs1927
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I hate this post its stupid and inaccurate suck it Romainia

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