articolo comparso sul quotidiano "La Repubblica" il 21/02/1997

LA REPUBBLICA

Thousands of childrens infected systematically with AIDS
in Ceausescu's orphanages
Thousands of little victims, a mass experiment in the Romanian orphanages

by RENATO CAPRILE


During the last years of Ceausescu's dictatorship, thousands of children were infected with the AIDS virus. It was a mass experiment - requested and payed by a large pharmaceutical multinational corporation - conducted on the defenceless orphans who were not loved by anyone, whose death would not have been deplored by anyone and who were also a burden for the government. Innocent little children aged two to twelve...
The last horror attributable to the ex communist dictator was committed between 1987 and 1988, when Nicolae Ceausescu decided to use as guinea pigs the abandoned children who lived in the overcrowded orphanage, where children were sent to die...
This astonishing revelation was made by "Evenimentul Zilei" (The Day's Event), the Romanian daily newspaper with the largest circulation and it is based on a research study conducted at a hospital in Iasi (Romania), in collaboration with Pasteur Institute of Paris.
The results of this research study are very revealing. All Romanian orphans are carriers of the same type of virus: HIV 1, subgroup F.
This is a significant anomaly, a scientific absurdity which made us suspect foul play - explain the imunology scientists who conducted the research. It would have made a lot of sense to find a large gamut of virus "subgroups" in the blood samples taken from the unfortunate little children.
According to "Evenimentul Zilei", a number of Romanian imunologists submitted to the dictator's orders and innoculated the orphans with the AIDS virus in order to conduct experiments, payed by an unidentified party, on the acquired imunodeficiency syndrome.
Another singular piece of information is furnished by the International Health Organization: fifty percent of the children of this planet who tested seropositive or are infected with AIDS live in Romania. And from those, 85 percent have no known relatives and vegetate in government orphanages in which it is not uncommon for the staff to "discover" a dead child ten days after the fact... A terrible coincidence which corroborates the suspicion that this was a planned mass contamination.
On the other hand, Ion Mincu, the ex-minister of Health in Ceausescu's time, has stated that, since Ceausescu's death, there have hardly been any new cases of AIDS reported among the abandoned children of that unfortunate country.
We have talked to Minu Damato, a succesfull TV reporter, who is intimately familiar the problem of the Romanian children infected with AIDS. He has dedicated to it all his spare time for the last seven years. He was browsing a magazine in Feabruary 1990 and came across a photograph which has literally changed his life...
"It was the photograph of a little girl with eyes full of tears" - says Damato in a telephone conversation. "She seemed to be the most lonely little girl on earth, so I decided to do something for her".
Damato adopted the little girl and took her to Italy (her name was Andreia - she died not long ago). "I certainly knew she was condemned, but in my heart I was still hoping to win the race against time and save her. I believe that, in a few years, they will discover something that will stop the progress of this illness. My little girl did not make it, but there are so many others that can make it..."
Damato founded the "Association for Children in Distress" which has built, with private contributions, "Casa Doru" a model center for the treatment of children infected with AIDS, within the framework of hospital Babes in Bucharest.
Another treatment center was recently inaugurated in a village twenty miles away from Bucharest."We can treat 250 to 300 children for the time being. But this is just a drop in the ocean, since the problem affects al least TEN THOUSANDS unfortunate little children..."

Michael Olteanu translated this summary, prepared by Dr. Luigi Tozzi, of an article published in the Italian newspaper "La Repubblica".

See also "Bambini Sotto", another article on the present condition of abandoned children in Romania.

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