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Romanian's Death Highlights Plight of Foreign Laborers

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A young Romanian laborer died recently when he became trapped trying to steal from a used clothing container. His death was tragic, and yet his difficult life was typical for tens of thousands of workers from Eastern Europe.

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Azaima A (207)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 4:31 am

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 4:58 am
Sadly noted .

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 5:52 am
Sadly noted. Amitabha!

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 7:14 pm
What a state this world is in - the poor get poor and the rich get richer and more powerful. With their greed and power - compassion and care for disadvantaged such as this poor soul - are no longer in the equation.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 8:25 pm
A tragic story, one which will no doubt be repeated many times over, only the name will be different. And life goes on as before. Poor lad, not a life as we know it, only misery and hard work and very little to smile about or look forward to - a life without hope is no life. RIP Kristian.

Susanne R (235)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 8:41 pm
It appears that Kristian was running low on hope. Being a 23-year old male living in a foreign country, not speaking the language, not having a social life, living like a pauper, sending the bulk of his earnings home to his parents, and learning that his mother had taken ill while he was too far away to be with her would be enough to break most people. He and his uncle had rescued another person who almost lost his life trying to steal clothing from the same container. So why did Kristian make such an attempt without someone there to help him in case he got stuck? Why was he dressed in a thin sweater that night when the temperature was well below the freezing mark? Why did he buy his friend a drink (which he had never done before) and go out of his way to say goodbye to some of his friends? It's possible that this young man wanted to die in a way that made it appear that it was an accident.

In any event, his social and economic circumstances were at the root of the problem --whether his death resulted from the desperate act of stealing to keep warm or the desperate act of someone losing hope and wanting to end his misery.

Very sad story. Poverty and exploitation are very cruel.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 1, 2012, 4:31 am
Sadly noted.

Joy M (169)
Sunday July 1, 2012, 1:19 pm
So so sad... noted

Ela V (85)
Sunday July 1, 2012, 10:34 pm
Dear Cal, I don't know how to express my gratitude for sharing this news. I thank you from all my heart. There are a lot to say but for now I'll just keep a moment of silence in the memory of all the victims

. (0)
Monday July 2, 2012, 10:56 am
What a terrible life;what a horrible death.This part of Europe , for all its progress, is still an open wound in other areas.

Jessica Searson (0)
Monday July 2, 2012, 1:51 pm
This poor man suffered and died for lack of basic needs: food, shelter, and clothing. I am glad to know of his story.

Terri Hughes (416)
Monday July 2, 2012, 3:04 pm
This is HORRIBLE and it should not be happening in this day and age. Such a tragic death and I'm guessing no one cares. People should not have to live like this. They deserve to have food, clothing and a decent place to live and they should be paid better. ''RIP''!!!!

Cindy B (61)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 9:51 pm
So terribly, terribly sad, and what a horrible, protracted death. I can only imagine. I wish he could come back to life; I would send him many warm clothes. The poor, poor thing.

Humans are supposed to be "enlightened." Yet we have people buying diamond-encrusted bras for $5Milliion, wasting money on lavish parties...on nothing! And then we have people who freeze to death trying to snag a used piece of clothing out of a donation bin. Even herds of mammals, even colonies of insects, treat their members better than that. "Intelligent Design," my eye.
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