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Mama Illegal – Would you leave your family behind to find work?

Unemployment in some of Moldavia’s rural areas is as high as 80 percent. Anyone who can leave to work usually does. More than 1 million people have left to find to work abroad, often illegally and in lowly paid jobs. Mothers and fathers can spend years away from their children – but the money they send home can buy them a much better life. It’s a hard choice to make.

They live among us and yet they remain invisible. They clean our toilet, make our beds and take care of our parents. We let them into our home, but hardly anyone knows their story. Three mothers leave the abject poverty of Moldova to illegally work in Austria and Italy as cleaning ladies. While these women separate from their families and their homes to follow the dream of a better life, their children grow up alone.

A 7 min clip from the documentary feature.

Director: Eduard Moschitz
Producers: Arash T. Riahi & Michael Seeber
Produced by Steps International & Golden Girls Filmproduktion

Duration: 07:10
Language: EN
CC available: EN, ES-MX
Resolution max: 1080p
Video Source: YouTube
Provided by: Why Poverty
Published on: 2013-01-28
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