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One Swallow Makes No Summer

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On August the 27th Moldova was saying farewell to its teen spirit. Having 18 years of independence, like most of the young spirited children do, she still enjoys being a bad girl that likes getting into bigger trouble such as driving fast without a seat-belt while drinking a beer, playing with neighbors and deciding whom to date today: Russia, Romania, Ukraine or EU.

Later after hangover, the country wakes up to take small steps toward developing but the image is already spoiled - and then people complain about journalists and all the world having a bad attitude and a low appreciation with Moldova. With political performance today few are advantaged by being Moldova's citizens. Seen as depicted and written about as the poorest country in Europe it gives no credit for future generations. People move to better destinations - Italy, USA, Germany, France, China, Canada, Russia, Turkey, and wherever they get chance to. It is not an option of big choice or thinking. It is the sole opportunity they find.

Then comes the question what is Moldova famous for - Wine, Hospitality, Beautiful People? or rather Poverty, Anger, Trafficking and Immigrants... Changing 3 Presidents after a Soviet Collapse and making all their children reach, that what Moldovan people are "proud" for.

Today this country needs more tolerance and patience. Today it needs a better President. For many years the concept of Moldova is being influenced by language, minority, nationality, religion and Geo-political principles combined with Politics. Such a mixture play as beneficial to some leading figures, while the masses are conducted after the famous "divide and conquer" quote.

The hope comes back with the new formed coalition "Alliance for European Integration" but masses of Russian speaking population are revealing fear towards the new elected speaker of Parliament who declared himself Pro Romanian and has never changed his concept. The stigma infiltrated among population about nationality is contestable and politicized. If speaking Romanian, the person is so called unionist. No question will come if a Russian Speaker would lead the discussion.

Irony, sarcasm, stupidity, awkwardness all combine with the fear to express an opinion makes people judge and invent stereotypes towards each other on what language they speak and what they consider themselves to be. Identity definition equals to "Everyone but me knows who I am and what is the language I speak."

How can a country get reach when every individual thinks about his status in the society rather than finding solutions and ways to govern Europe’s poorest state in times of an economic crisis. The civil society is in heavy depression, obviously suffering from the 8 years of Communism Regime. Every country’s transition from socialism to democracy had its unique set of models and circumstances, Moldova has chosen its own - underground tunnels and escape to a better living...

Moldovans have to go abroad in order to survive. Almost half of population due to closed borders, choose to pay the money they borrowed with the price of their kidney and still to escape. Moldova was part of today's EU member - Romania. Many families in Moldova have relatives in Romania, who speak the same language and share a common history. The speculation with visas and borders brings lack in cooperation among people, and 2 neighboring sister countries divided by fence .

Stuck in the middle of Europe, without right to have a decent working opportunity - many are obliged to forget their professions and degrees and become against their will victims of long roads. Brain Drain transformed young lawyers, doctors, architects, teachers and businessmen that could not accept to become communists or play their game (the easiest way to have or maintain a job in this country) into refugees or immigrants.

On a 33,800 sq km (13,050 sq miles) area and approximate 3.8 million (far from reality) number of people there are 17 ministries with 17000 employees, cops "begging on roads", embassies - all the saints of our society that are living like parasites on behalf of those poor classes that have no decent access to information, no good salaries, no work, receiving remittances and still believing that Moldova is well governed and that for the past 8 years the situation improved.

What positive things can we invent about Moldova? To fix or to replace? There is no universal solution to all these problems. But one important part of any solution is international support. Moldova is not very often mentioned in the international news. But there is hope - being young, the country can learn fast. After its independence in 1991, this former Soviet republic with a Romanian-speaking majority adopted a constitution which has been many times forgotten by the Governing Power. The respect of some basic freedom of the citizen, of the press and an end to one-party political repression is a solution that we all wait for. Progress is still possible.

One swallow makes no summer, but it can warm up the spirit of those that believe that summer will come! One day, if not tomorrow tomorrow those that care will start building nests. It is time to grow up!

This article is part of a writing assignment for Voices of Our Future, which is providing rigorous web 2.0 and new media training for 31 emerging women leaders. We are speaking out for social change from some of the most forgotten corners of the world. Meet Us.

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Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Great op-ed

I love your analogy of Moldova being a teenager. The situation of brain drain is a sad situation that doesn't seem to leave much hope. How frustrating to not be able to use skills and experience that one has worked hard to achieve.

Do many Moldovans return after being abroad? What kind of work do they while abroad?

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

Victoria Vorosciuc's picture

They are called alliens

Dear Jennifer,

So far, not many people are returning back... Many that went for studies, masters degrees, do think of getting back, depends though - if they have something to do back home, like finishing their degree. Less and less are doing that for the love or patriotism of their country.

While the ones that went there for work, are serving the higher hierarchies: cleaning the houses, watching after disabled or elderly people, walking dogs out, babysitting, men are usually working in constructions. That is the good cases. The bad ones are ending up with prostitution, or other kind of humiliation.

There are two kind of trends, options - East or West. West is more welcoming people that know the language, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German or French. While East are open more for Russian language speakers.

So the answer is no - not many come back...
Every single citizen in Moldova has at least 5 close relatives working or leaving somewhere abroad.

Very specific cases, my sister - moved there with her husband and his family, a good potential doctor but no future due to lack of appreciation at the working place. My high school teacher - moved there and learned that there is a better attitude towards her as a human. She was the our folk group impresario and worked to promote Moldova's culture and old traditional songs preserved by generations. My uncle -works in Moscow, every 3rd month he is coming back to see the family and bring the earned money in order to finish the house they started to build 10 years ago. My 5 university friends... and the list keep going on...

People like me - are considered Aliens - many wondering why we stay in Moldova, when there is such a bright opportunity to leave.

Of course deep in our hearts we all want to live here, but one day I can end up like my colleagues...

I've been thinking about that many many times....

Thank you for the attention!

To your consideration a part of me and my answers can be found in the documentary www.calamoldova.com

With compassion to my people,
Victoria

Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
"Empowering women to participate
in community life"
WorldPulse Media Corresspondent

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Victoria hi, I

Victoria hi,
I love your writinting the issues that you tackle. i believe that with our exeprieces, skills, courage and strength we will all help to fix our countires and make it a better place and a prosperous home for all of us.
Home is always home no matter what.

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

Victoria Vorosciuc's picture

Dear Gifty :)

I like your name,

And I believe that we all have something in common! The idea of home is holly! And wherever we are there is a moment when we wake up and say, we are proud to belong to this land. Our countries are in continuous process of failures and successes, good moments and bad moments, and all we do today works otherwise for our future generations. It all depends on people like you, me, and the ones that have strong beliefs about what their country will look like on day.

From women to women we can keep the great spirit and bring enthusiasm to our mothers, neighbors, friends and daughters and learn from each other about the opus that has been sent through many generations in order to be were we are today.

May we keep the pulse on high tunes, may we all reconnect through one world, one spirit, one common goal!!!
Let's keep the WORLD PULSE alive!!!

Yours,
Victoria

Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
"Empowering women to participate
in community life"
WorldPulse Media Corresspondent

I feel you Victoria. It is a difficult decision to make between staying in a country you know and love and leaving to have access to opportunities you need. When the infrastructures are bad, corruption is rife and everything seems to be headed downhill, one is often tempted to run away to a "better" place. On one hand we ask ourselves, who will change things if all the smart progressive people leave? We know of course that our umbilical cord was buried somewhere in these lands and no matter how far we go and how long we are away, this will always be home. We love the people and the land.
On the other hand we look around at people who were once like us, full of hope and ideas, we see them deflated, like ballons punctured by the sharp edge of living in our beloved nation. We don't want to end up like this
It is a difficult choice whichever way. I hope that you have the strength and courage to choose what is best for you.

Loved the article, nice and touching

Victoria Vorosciuc's picture

Running from our identity?

My dear friend,

I so much loved your comment! It so much completes what I wrote about and at the same time revealed the feelings that I was no able to express through words!

It is always hard to make a choice, since there are always 2 sides of the moon. We usually choose to admire something beautiful and tempting to get into it. But just to think that there is the other side of it. Our home identifies us and our umbilical cord, and our ashes, (here I mean our ancestors) our somewhere deep in the earth we step every day. If we were born on this land - means we have some mission to perform. On the other hand, think how many people emigrated through history in order to set a better, comfortable entourage and leave in peace. And since nothing is stable and all things have a beginning and an end - maybe that is a good choice to always move or go with the flow and accept things the way they come to us?

I was thinking about the path people choose in life, and suddenly realize that there is no program set up and that we can be masters to our own life and destiny.

"The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" .

With appreciation,
Victoria

Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
"Empowering women to participate
in community life"
WorldPulse Media Corresspondent

jap21's picture

Excellent article

I love the way you make me take a look at what is happening in your country, because I share the same feeling about mine. You have only been free for 18 years, and we have been free for 200 years now, but we didn't grow up either!

It gets worse around now because my country has been taken over by a very peculiar kind of hatred and racism, one that we never knew existed: people against people fighting for peanuts! Incredible. And we live in denial of it all.

We have not been capable of realizing, opening our eyes to the reality in front of us, that we need to stop fighting each other. This is one principle that would lead us to real change, but as you know well by experience, some ideologies and extremist faiths tend to think there is no other way but their violent way.

This is why I share your feelings, because my country has the same number of people (10 million) inside its territory, than abroad. Imagine that. We tend to say there is always one Bolivian where ever we go in the world, so we can travel happy. We also say that the last one to leave, should turn the lights off.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Dear Jacke,

Have you started writing the book on your life story and the country you belong to?

You know how much I appreciate you, from all I learned about you and your life and your lovely children!
And today the common feelings we share about our countries makes us think that nothing is lost yet. There is so much to tell about and fight for! Isn't that what life is interesting for? Sad, though that if more of us would think at least the same we could make a huge difference to this world.

I know such kind of fight, when many can sell or betray their closest friend if there is a better opportunity for their own benefit.
And it is of course sad to be aware of the fact that as much as we "small people fight for a better life", there are bigger interest behind and that the cold war is never ending.

It is sad the many people conduct after an ideology or another, or one religion, being blind to another kind of faith. This is the tool that is well used by country leaders. They know that with a better education and more flow of information it can turn to an end of their reign. People are not willing to take the risk and learn what is on the other side of the coin. Thus, they are conducted by masses, and by one country ideology. What we do through world pulse, is one big positive step forward to stop the violence. Here we unite and learn about each other, about countries and women, here we get rid of Stigma and Stereotype, here we create a platform with new opportunity to understand each other.

Even if we don't get the chance to be ambassadors of our countries and play our strategy among World's Leaders, we can make a chance through our powerful voices!!!

We made our choice!!!

Let's see to where they can lead us!

Always with you,
Victoria

Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
"Empowering women to participate
in community life"
WorldPulse Media Corresspondent

Emily Miller's picture

Two sides of the moon

Dear Victoria,

Yes, your two sides of the moon - one: from an emotional perspective, I give an encore to the many comments above - I adore your metaphors, your style, your beat; two: from an editorial perspective, I imagine that you could better organize your piece for a more clear, stronger impact. Do you outline your plan before you write? When I read your writing, I am always struck by your passion - and I have a feeling that you think like poetry, from the heart, with big fires.

So, the conundrum of brain drain, stereotypes, post-communism - yeah, international support would be great, but if there isn't local support, then it's a chicken and egg scenario... I like your beginning, it's loose and freestyle - it works. In the middle, it gets muddy - there are indeed problems, internally and internationally, but the flow is chaotic and not as 1/2/3 as it could be - which would help to explain the cause and effect, and finally the possible solutions...

I wonder about your question, what is Moldova famous for? Why does perception matter? What is the root of the problem? What are your expectations? This is a massive question for one Op-Ed - very interesting, lots of complexities of history, comparisons to be made, ideas and progress to wish for... I like your optimism - does your community share it? Why or why not?

Yours,

Emily

jadefrank's picture

Moldova

Hi Victoria,

I love your writing... it is rich with images and analogies. This is an excellent Op-Ed and a very honest look at the status of your country. I agree that one major problem is lack of international support. Before I met you on PulseWire, I had heard nothing about Moldova and could not tell you where it was on a map. Please continue speaking out and educating the international community about the issues concerning Moldova.

Hugs,
Jade

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