So many roads

Trip Start Dec 05, 2011
Trip End Dec 20, 2011

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Well the The Trussell Trust's 2011 Bulgaria Christmas Box Appeal finally makes it to Bulgaria; the boxes are here already, the team are all here and we're ready to go. We have an awful lot of ground to cover over the next two weeks and we hope that you'll find these blogs helpful, encouraging and maybe even a little unsettling as the Christmas boxes allow the Trussell Trust team access to some of the most marginalised individuals and communities in Europe.
Extreme poverty is a big problem here. The Roma ghetto's provide rich pikings for criminals bent on getting rich through the exploitation of the most vulnerable and orphanages, of which there are many here, are another source of profit. Tens of thousands of people are trafficked, sold, pimped and coereced into all kinds of criminality in a society that still suffers from the terrible legacy of communisim. We will be meeting people who work in ghetto's, with orphanage kids and who try thier best to bring a little light into the lives those who have been left at the magins to suffer without a voice or a hope in the world.

There's a brief intro here and we hope that you will want to see what we get up to over the next days and weeks as we post pics, video and some thoughts and reflections on what we witness.
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