Albania -- Children of Selita: A Journey from the Streets to the School
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Children of Selita was shot in Tirana and Durres, during August of 2009. Our crew follows the remarkable story of eight children rescued from the streets by an illiterate Roma businesswoman of outstanding courage. Albania is one of Europe’s poorest nations. Many children, both Roma and Albanian must resort to begging on the streets in order to survive. While stories of the trafficking, prostitution and forced labor of Albanian children are well known, the harsh reality of street children is vastly underreported. Tina, Esperanza, Shakira, Jorgo and several others live in Tirana’s Selita neighborhood, where the unemployment rate exceeds 80% and Roma live separated from Albanians in dire poverty.