Siberia: the sleeping landAdd to Lightbox Download
IMG_0022 RUSSIA. Western Siberia. Schegarsk. 2015. Some people in the hallway at Schegarsk Internat, founded in 1950. Most of them can't walk. This Internat receives many of the most deformed babies soon after their birth. Many of disabled person are the awful legacy of the nuclear plants in the region. Some 200 disabled persons stay at the Internat. Some of them have a little deformities, if they would have had a good education they could have had an ordinary life. “The Little Arc” visiting service in Schegarsk’s home for handicapped runs by Caritas since 1990. 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 with social workers visit the Shegarsk Internat every forthnights. They provide used clothes and food to disabled persons 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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