Siberia: the sleeping landAdd to Lightbox Download
Some people in the hallway at Schegarsk Internat. Most of them can't walk. They spend the days on the floor. Most of the them are Russian, there are a few Tatar.This Internat receives many of the most deformed babies soon after their birth because most of their parents worked at the nuclear plants in the region. Some of them have a little deformities, if they would have had a good education they could have had an ordinary life. Some 200 disabled persons stay at the Internat.“The Little Arc” visiting service in Schegarsk’s home for handicapped runs by Caritas since 1990. Social workers visit the Internat every forthnights. In Russia by burocratic reasons disabled person can not leave the Internats. Until very recently they would spend their live out in the Internat. From two-three years the politicians are talking about a “inclusion policy” to allow disabled persons to live in the society.These days “The Hidden World”, a NGO that collaborates with Caritas, provides used clothes and food to disabled persons at the Internat and take care for them some day in the summer camps in the countryside. Most of the relatives and parents of disabled persons who live at the Internat do not want to come and see their sons.According to Lenin and Khrushchev policy, homeless, poor and disabled people would have to stay far away from ordinary people, the Soviet man had to be healthy, strong and brave. There are eight Internats run by the Government in the Kuzbass region. There are Internats in every Russian region. Schegarsk Internat is about 100 km from Tomsk.
- Alberto Ceoloni
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