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Cernavoda: sixty percent live on prostitution,
Cernavoda: sixty percent live on prostitution,
pimping and crime
|Bridge by Cernavoda over the Donau|
Right after our return from
busy again in the office. Despite being reachable by phone and mail, there are
always matters that remain to be done. We’re busy, too, working out the most
recent journey results. About these, I’d like to share with you some other
time. To us, they were beyond expectation. Rumania
|Run-down, comfortless streets in Cernavoda|
Sunday, February 16, I spoke in a Baptist congregation in Cernavoda, a town with some 20,000 inhabitants in the East of Rumania, with a nuclear power plant round the corner at the starting point of the
. Beautiful, old
bridges crossing the Danube
Canal Danube are a true treat
when sightseeing. In Cernavoda, twenty percent
of the population have got a regular job, of twenty percent it is unknown, but the other sixty percent live on
prostitution, pimping and crime. Walking through the town, one perceives the
atmosphere it presses heavily on this town. It’s been like this for many years
and no-one believes this is ever going to change. That morning, I spoke about
Luke 19, where Jesus takes away the label of thief from Zacheus and makes him a friend by being at his home. How
do you deal with your neighbours, what label do you put on them, are we willing
to take off labels from people?
That Sunday, we were staying at a friends’ house. In this house, it’s always an ingoing and outgoing of young people. A neighbour girl used to be in the prostitution, and her pimp – who lives one village further – pressed onto her for a long period, but to the environment, she’s got a label. Unfortunately, she wasn’t home, but she’d love to get in touch with us. Just weeks before, here in the Amsterdam Red Light District, I had a meet up with a young Rumanian girl, coming from a village a few miles further away from Cernavoda. Prostitution happens so often in these small villages!
In April, together with our youth group, we will organise a preventive action in this area. The youths choose to contribute in their own, specific way. For the girls, a beauty night will be held and for the boys, too, we are planning a programme.
We talked with our friends’ daughter-in-law. She told us she was bothered by her lymph node and the doctor had told her to go to hospital for further examination and treatment. This will all end up costing € 805,00, which she, of course, doesn’t have. And also, at her husband’s return from
where he found a temporary job, this money won’t be available immediately. England
What usually happens very quickly, is this: a girl goes into the prostitution for a short period and not only for herself, but also for her relatives. To us, this sounds pretty absurd and inacceptable, but when there’s nothing else left and no future prospects are in view, this is their only way out. Often, they don’t realise they slide down and run the risk of falling into the hands of a pimp. This young woman is married, has got two children and would like to go to hospital to be helped and get the assurance of what’s really going on. She offered to pay us back in monthly instalments. This really won’t be easy for her. We’d love to help her, but – due to a journey that unexpectedly turned out much more expensive and the deposit for our new office – we are very tight ourselves right now and we’d love to do an appeal to you. We have already € 500,00.
Via us, you may grant her a loan or a gift and do so through our bank account NL53 INGB 0004 1039 12, held by Stichting Blood-n-Fire. Please, specify by lymph node examination.
Your gift will be tax deductible. Our foundation has been acknowledged as a Public Benefit Organisation (see http://www.belastingdienst.nl/wps/wcm/connect/bldcontenten/belastingdienst/business/other_subjects/public_benefit_organisations/what_is_pbo/what_is_a_pbo ).
Ambassador Matthijs van Bonzel
On Monday, February 17th, I had a meeting with the Dutch ambassador in
, Mr Matthijs van Bonzel. The
interest, time and willingness to cooperate that we experienced at the embassy,
were remarkable. Bucharest
After this, we had a beautiful meet up with a young Rumanian lady, who in future will be our contact. She has got everything needed in the house, but what touched me most of all was her enormous animation to stand up for the victims of human trafficking. It’s remarkable how we cross roads, time and again, with such people.
Well, I guess you’re up to date by now and in case you’d like to contribute to the general costs or to me, this is – of course – possible using the bank account number as given above. Please, do specify the what or the who.
Very warm regards and thank you for your interest, also on behalf of Jacqueline,
+31 654 985 459