Violeta “Macarena” Rosu

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From the documentary Children Underground

Roanoke, Va.– It was six o’clock in the morning. I couldn’t sleep, so I put on a documentary. Still unable to sleep, I watched it.

It turns out after the fall of Communism, 20,000 Romanian children went homeless. Children Underground is a “hands-off” documentary focusing on about five of a larger group of children living in the subway system under Piata Victoriei.

As I watched the documentary, I fixated on one of the children, a teenager named Violeta Rosu, who was born in 1986, like me. She does not know her real name, and all her life has been called “Macarena” because it is her favorite song. All the children featured in the documentary were addicted to Aurolac paint, but Macarena was apparently the most addicted. She even replaced food with paint, because it made the hunger go away.

Macarena doesn’t know her name, and as of the making of this documentary, had not yet realized she, too, is born of a mother, like “normal” people.

As the sun came up, I stared out the window, reflecting on how tragically beautiful she is. Nobody will help her. No one will save her. I guess there are not enough rich horny men willing to scoop up the sob stories in Romania like there are here in America. So hey…I’ll take her. But, what can I do?

This documentary was shot in 2001. I assumed that because of her obvious weakness, subtle beauty, and exposure due to this documentary, someone must surely have helped her. In fact, someone did help a small boy from the same documentary. But the story is not as good for my dear friend Violeta “Macarena” Rosu since 2004. A social worker interviewed an incoherent Macarena in 2008, and reported she graduated to heroin and sleeps outdoors. [UPDATE: I GOT THE REPORTER TO ADMIT THIS IS A LIE - she met Macarena and reported she is addicted to heroin based only on her appearance and rumors] Regardless, at this stage to look in Violeta’s eyes is probably to confront a zombie – if her situation is that good. As of this year, she is presumed dead, or dying.

I am enraged by the filmmaker, Edet Belzberg, and even the social worker who found her two years ago and still did nothing for her, but instead for themselves, using this innocent girl to move up in their careers. I have been unable to shake Macarena from my memory. I think about her too often, and look at my own well-being with shame and guilt. I want to do something for her. I am disgusted that she may soon die.

It is against US Immigration laws to bring an addict into the country, especially just to help them survive. Should I have married her? Even if it meant she would die as my immigrant wife of a heroin overdose under my watch, at least she’d die in a warm bed, and not some cold, wet park bench.

I feel like there is nothing I can do. So I made this video, and now I sit here quietly, wondering if she is even alive.

I saw Piata Victoriei today. It’s cold and rainy.

77 comments to Violeta “Macarena” Rosu

  • SammyB

    i am desperate to find out what happened to Ana. i cant find anything. no updates since her mother had twins when she was 14 and she was in a photo holding them with her little brother. she also had a child to an unknown man.

    Cristina passed away in 2006 i read it was from the cold but im not sure. she had a baby that was given to the government and she was addicted to herion :(

    Mehai is safe and well :)

    Mirian and Ana thoug.. i cant find ANYTHING!!!!


    • Misa

      You can find more info at the facebookpage about Children Underground. Mihai is there and willing to answer questions. His replies are sometimes incomprehensible, but what I made out of it is that Cristina is not dead.
      Marian is on FB too, just type in his name and you’ll find him. Ana isn’t on FB at first sight, though if you browse through Marians friends, you will find a girl called ‘Ana Maria’. I’m not certain, but the girl on the pics could very well be Ana.
      Let me know what you think.

      • Minna

        I checked on facebook, and it looks like it is ana, so i think you are right!

        Both Marian and Ana seems ok today.

        What i had notise is that it worked alright with the younger children, while the older, like christina and macarena did not make it very well. Maybe to long on the streets is to difficult to save?
        Well, anyway, its a really sad story, and it might not be that bad today, but it is still in europe some places very very bad, and children still lives on the streets, like Russia, Moldova, etc.

  • Misa

    Nice article! Macarena is indeed a very tragic character. When I watched the documentary, I felt for all the kids, though the least for Macarena. She was one of the oldest kids in Piata Victoriei and I kind of felt it was her own fault she got bullied by the others. I thought she should have been more assertive, more like Cristina… It was only in the end (the very last scene) that I realised in what a terrible state she was in. Do you remember when she talks about her (imaginary) twin sister and her parents? That statement revealed to me how desperately she wanted to get off the streets and to be part of a family, and of how volnerable she was. Good of you to focus on this girl.
    You mentioned a 2008 interview. Could you tell me where you found that?
    Anyway, please let us know if you heard something about Macarena. I hope for the best.

    • Misa,

      After twenty days, I received a response today from a social worker in Bucharest saying “Macarena” is still alive. It says she is “fine.” That is the only information reported in the e-mail, but I replied back asking for more specific details from his communications with people around Macarena. He did not speak with her directly.

    • DaWizardOfAus

      Sadly, when i first watched it i felt the same about Macarena. Now that im older and have watched it again I feel for her more than any of the others as she is completely on her own – and shows no sign of ever changing.

      It almost broke my heart in the scene where anna and her brother are taken by the nun (or social worker – im not sure which) and Macarena wasnt.

      U can see the dissapointment and hurt in her eyes – giving her yet ANOTHER feeling of “why not me” or “why everybody else”.

      Srry if im babbling on but its 6 am here and I still cant get their stories out of my head.

  • kaylee

    I feel exactly the same way. I understand that resources for helping street kids are scarce, but it still wasn’t fair that she was left the way she was. It kills me that people all around the world have seen the documentary (even gave it awards!) and have been incredibly affected by this girl and her life, yet after all that she is going to die alone and invisible. I wish she could know how much of an impact she made by being in this film; I don’t know if that would give her any peace, but I think the legacy of the film has given her more to be proud of than most.

    • Kaylee, thanks for your comment. I am in touch with social workers in her area, who are currently searching for Macarena or can give us an update on her status. Here’s hoping she’s still alive – the question is then, what’s next?

  • Britis

    i am touched by this because i have watched this and i really wanted to help her i cried and i prayed she will be sent to me my god god i hope she is well and still living i hope me or yu will find her soon yuu can email me

  • carpep

    i really loph this story