Do you see it? The sadness, fear, distrust behind these hooded eyes. Whether on the streets or clustered behind concrete second-story classrooms, the “throw-away” children of Russia’s orphanages and boarding schools are easily identifiable by their wary pain. Many have parents, but they are in prison or rehab, or just on the street as drug addicts, unable to care for them. Well, at least these kids aren’t on the streets too. Yet.
Lack of interest breeds lack of trust. Lack of love, coupled with strict discipline, leads to cutting, smoking, stealing, drug abuse and desperate lonliness.
“We’re worried about our future,” one girl about to graduate says. “Who will take care of us?”
“Why have a graduation ball? Who will take pictures of us? Who will come?”
I will. Monday at 10:00 a.m.