Violeta “Macarena” Rosu

Children Underground

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

  • I noticed how no one tried to help these kids, I’m sure someone tried to help on occasion, but everyone walking by and not doing anything when the one man was beating Macarena, I would have kicked the sht out of that guy but no one does anything, their too worried about surviving day to day themselves, I do understand that most of Romania is very poor and getting poorer everyday, I also think that the so called Priest was just as bad as the rest, and you could tell he just stopped so he could get his 5 seconds of fame and when he leaves he says to them “May god Help you” what he should have followed it up with is “May god help you, because no one including the church are going to help you”, what a pompous dck. One strange thing was that several of them as young as they were could read and write, but yet here in the US were to lazy to learn and go to school so we have adults that never learn how to read or write, It says something about us/U.S.A. I noticed they sent Ana home but they sent the brother to a home, you could tell when they met with the parents the first time that they really didn’t want them around, and the so called “stepfather” that “bathes” her and knows for a fact that she’s still a virgin, after 2 years on the street and he “Knows” this I think he’s a sick fck and was molesting/ raping Ana and that’s why she left, and with the one boy that they interviewed his Father and the Father says “I never beat him” oh but by the way I chained him to the fckn radiator and he didn’t like that for some reason and ran away with the chain on his neck, one thing how tight do you have to lock a chain on someones neck so they can’t slip it off??? These people are so Dysfunctional they can’t even take care of themselves let alone children, I think the a-hole that made this documentary could have done SOMETHING besides try to improve their situation. I don’t know about anyone else but if I see someone/ ANYONE BEATING A CHILD OR TEENAGE GIRLS OR ANYONE FOR THAT MATTER I WILL PERSONALLY BREAK MY FOOT OFF SO FAR UP THEIR ASS THEIR BREATH WOULD SMELL LIKE SHOE POLISH, I realize this is the wrong message to send people but I’m always for the under dog and if I can stop someone from being beat, I will do it. I could go on but I won’t, the sad thing is that most of those kids are long since dead or locked up.

  • i watchhed the welldressed peopled walking past the children. they seemed indifferent. i know things were bad in romanla at the time.
    maybe parts of the world are overwhelmed by tragic needs of so many.
    you who were those underground children, if you are leading better lives today, be proud of yourselves.
    good wishes and prayers for you all.

  • DaWizardOfAus

    That scene is so heart moving. I am shocked that a grown man could do that to a young girl, but love how chritina steps in the best she can….even through all her pain, she still did what was right.

    I am in no way religious but god bless all the children in this documentary and the countless others like them.

  • German Tellez

    How can I help?
    Does any one know an organization or charity that I can donate to?
    Also, does any one know any recent updates on Violeta Rosu(Macarena)?

    • German Tellez,

      Before making any donation to any romanian charity organization, please consider this..

      I was one of them, not part of the gang but living nearby.
      I know their life as I`ve been there since I was 12 Luckily, I never used drugs, therefore noone controlled me.
      I can tell you today, that I learned all from the streets and today I`m proud of me. I always look back to when I was hungry, alone, on the street, and believe me or not, this is the only thing in the world that makes me cry. I feel like I am the luckiest person in the world watching this movie and it breaks my heart.
      My only regret is that I went to school for only three years. I`m calling my self a “trei clase”, as you can see on my personal blog: treiclase. ro/2008/09/street-children-whose­-responsibility/ I hope this wont be considered spam.
      Now, speaking about the curch and charity, ONGs/NPO, they don`t give a damn about those people, they are just claiming the benefits. In fact, they make the situation worse, as they don`t encourage the people to save their lives or do something for themself. Imagine their business without those people on the streets. Same with the great Church, they get donations and ask people to help them, but when I was Street Child and I went to church, they kicked me out because…I smelled badly!

      If you really want to get involved, make sure you help the children, not the multimilionaire who take advantage on their pain.

      All the best!

  • Temur

    now young adults*** (spelling edit to my last post)