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

  • nat

    I don’t know how to “reply”, so new post:

    Thanks for your answer, Raghubir Goyal. It seems very honest. I agree with most of what you said. Although I don’t want to see the world THAT pessimistic, where no one wants to help anyone. For most people it is true though… I think.

    Conclusion: I still believe people don’t deserve to feel better about themselves by judging the passengers in the film or even the filmmaker (she did a whole lot for the children with her film AND by not stepping into fights, read interview: ). And the filmmaker got peoples attention on the problem of homeless children in romania, like someone said Mihai was even adopted because of it, and that’s so much more than some stupid “altruistic” comment or prayer or whatever.

  • nat

    I watched the documentation only recently and was touched, too. I’m very happy for Mihai and and seems, Ana and Marian are also fine :)

    What I don’t understand, is that so many people write, how they don’t understand how ANYONE could walk by these poor kids, while most of them probably do the same in their town.
    I am sure that many people here really do help them or try, but I’ve read so many comments (not only here), how people would adopt Macarena and help her. It seems she is seen sometimes, so why isn’t she taken by all those nice persons? Because they really just talk, and that’s all they can do. I’m not saying that I would do more, but at least I don’t say all those nice things while sitting in my nice apartment, safe and sound, and feel better about my words, which didn’t help anyone. If they really wanted to help, they would have many possibilities to help homeless people in their own coutry (U.S., Germany, whereever).

    It’s true it’s a bit easier in industial countries, but still every homeless person here needs help, too. People don’t do anything, because they don’t feel like helping when they give some money to one person, but of course they can’t give to everyone. Or for other reasons. Some are just greedy, of course.

    All I wanted to say is, that many hyprocrites write in these forums, how they would help, and hate the people who don’t help. But in truth they don’t do shit for other people in front of their nose, who need help, too. This talking pisses me off.

    I in no way want to offend the people, who really are helping or trying to help. I respect them a lot.

    And I wonder, if you guys think like me or if you think, “bless everyone who is touched by these children”, although many of them promise they would like to help, but in truth do nothing. Waiting for answers.

    • I think you’re missing an important element here. Most people, including myself, just want to help Macarena for the fact she was, at one time, a cute young girl.

      The apparently altruistic messages punctuating this forum in particular are dotted with sexual fantasy and outright delusion. The truth is, nobody wants to help anyone. I might hand out dollar bills to a homeless veteran by the highway on my way to work, but I do that comfortably within the knowledge I will make many more dollars while I’m there. The handout offers mild relief to my own guilt for how I have mistreated Macarena for all these years, selling her short on an internet forum for hits while she has never even heard of me – as I literally profit from her demise.

      The others type a mean talk but, just like myself, have probably never invited a homeless person into his own home, offered him a warm bed, or a piece of bread. We save that for the ducks at the pond. They deserve it for being cute, and for not making us feel guilty because we don’t have it within ourselves to understand the pain in their blank, stupid eyes. Ducks are the Macarenas of America, and we like to feed them, anthropomorphically imagining them to be like us, and to own them and revel in the bliss of providing everything to them with all the effort it takes to drop a dog dish on the floor before class in the morning. To own her, and take credit for her well-being.

      And we can’t even do that. So we write about it on the internet, blaming others who also can’t, as if that was the “right” thing to do anyway.

  • I am in disbelief that I was not shown this while studying film in college. It is an emazing story about so much. Hope and tragedy, god and faith. I am left grateful for what I have and the yearning to do something for the people who may not be as fortunate.

  • Tara

    I lived in Bucharest, Romania from 2003-2005 off and on when I met my husband in Romania. The longest I lived there was a little over a year. I remember seeing children in the subways and I tried to help when I could, giving them good, or water, or candy. I am not wealthy by any means, and if i was, or had been, I would have certainly done a WHOLE lot more. I have become friends with Mihai Tudose, and he is a remarkable young man, just as he was an amazing boy on the documentary. Macarena also touched my heart, as did Marian and Ana. I have been hoping to see something on Macarena, as Mihai, Marian and Ana atleast have FB pages that show how they are doing. Cristina as well really touched my heart. I have recently seen a video from ProTV news, that was talking about the horrible heroin use in Bucharest among the homeless. Cristina as a matter of fact spoke on camera. This news video was done as of October 3, 2012.
    I pray daily for children and adults as well who have no homes, to find help and peace in their lives. And I wish there was ANYTHING I could do to help. :(
    I remember one day while living in Bucharest, and I gave a young boy a loaf of bread, a bottle of water and 30,000 LEI in the subway on my way to work, the look in his eyes of sheer thanks made me cry, bc I wished so bad I could do more than a loaf of bread and a bottle of water as well as 30,000 LEI to get him more food later. I hope he did use it on food. Like I said, i did this as often as I could. :(

  • Tara

    To the person who says that Cristina passed away in 2006, Mihai had actually posted a video from ProTV, that was from October 3, 2o12, that had Cristina in it. So Cristina looks alive to me. Healthy? I cannot say for sure, but alive. Here is the video, Cristina is shown around 1:14 and then again around 1:18.