Photographer Andrej Balco is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. From his project ‘Moldova‘. To see Andrej’s body of work click on any image.
Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. Following the vision of better future, more than one million of its inhabitants, i.e. 25 per cent, have left the country. It is this hard-earn currency flowing into Moldova from different parts of the world which helps to keep the Moldovan economy afloat. On the other side, the outflow of the most productive part of its inhabitants results into great stagnation and consequent dying out of entire villages; Molovata is such an example.
Once a flourishing village, Molovata is in a big depression now. Some years ago, a lyceum, must have been closed due to lack of students. From the once prospering cooperative, just a torso remained.
Those, who stay here, are living their everyday lives in connection with nature. Their rhythm of life is determined by seasons of the year. Ploughing, sowing, harvesting…
By Andrej Balco