In the wake of Barnevernet confiscation of children from families like Bodnariu and Nan, many Romanian families are not taking a chance, and they are leaving the country.
Barnevernet in certain counties is in full damage-control mode. They have had town hall meetings to try to educate Romanians living in Norway about their Child Protective Services. They are concerned that families are leaving from towns like Skjervøy where a sizable population of Romanians are doing farm work.
Two large Norwegian newspapers have reported on this issue. Bergens Tidende (here) and Vart Land (here) have each written articles hinting that Norway may experience an exodus of Romanian labor force.
The BT article presents an interesting spin on the situation. They interviewed pastor Beniamin Ciuciu who pastors a Romanian congregation of about 40 members in Rogaland. Ciuciu does not support the protests against Barnevernet and is critical of the work activists like Delight in Truth are doing on Facebook. He says that his congregation membership dropped to half because families have either moved back to Romania, or they are leaving his church because he renounced action against Barnevernet.
Ciuciu blames the friends of these families who post dramatic stories of child confiscation on Facebook.
Are you kidding me? A 13-year-old child has just died in Barnevernet custody (here)!
Beniamin Ciuciu is now used by the Norwegian media which is Barnevernet-friendly as a puppet to tell the world that everything is fine in Norway, and that the shocking stories of child confiscation are not what they seem.
Maybe Ciuciu should try talking to the victims of the system like the Nans and the Bodnarius.
What we have here is just another case of Barnevernet blaming everyone but themselves. They blame the international media. They blame the activists. They blame the international uproar. They claim that the Eastern Europeans are not educated enough about their progressive system.
They blame the victims for posting their stories on Facebook, and the people sharing them!
Barnevernet keeps saying that we just don’t understand.
We do understand. The perfectly healthy Bodnariu and Nan children were found to have bruises and injuries on them during visitation! This is evidence of improper care and neglect within Barnevernet!
Children are dying in their custody!
photo: Delight in Truth