Romanian villagers have been caught in the midst of an economic crisis, with the government blaming NGOs for their plight.
According to an article in the Romania Daily, villagers in the Romanian village of Iacovescu have been living in limbo for the past few years due to the lack of financial resources.
According, the article says that, since 2016, more than 700 villagers have taken the initiative to apply for a loan from the Ministry of Finance (MDF).
According to the article, the MDF is also the agency that receives the payment of debts owed by the government.
The MDF receives around 10,000 euros per month, which is the amount received by the Ministry.
However, since 2015, the ministry has been forced to make payments of almost 10,500 euros.
The situation in Iacovec has led to widespread discontent among the Romanian community, which has taken to the streets in recent months in an attempt to demand the government provide them with financial support.
A protest rally on February 27, 2017, was held by local activists, in support of the village.
According the article:The protesters, some of whom are members of the community-based group ‘Re la Plata’, have been protesting for months, demanding that the government should not only support the village, but also provide them basic services.
“There are more than 100 villages in Romania, which are completely isolated from the outside world,” says Iacucara, who is also a doctor.
“They are not allowed to have any contact with foreigners and the authorities don’t want to help them.
The situation has become dire.”
The MDLF’s lack of funding has led the community to seek help from NGOs and private companies.
According a recent report by the Romanian NGO ‘Petr’ – a government-funded organisation – a total of 3,000 NGOs were in the process of applying for funding to the villages in 2017.
Of these NGOs, 1,000 were Romanian-based, while 2,000, representing all ethnicities, were non-Romanian-based.
Iacucaros and other villagers in Iecovescuc say they have received money from NGOs before, but the amount they received this time is “quite different”.
“It is a new development, and we are just a small village, without the support of any organisation,” said Iacocaros.
“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time.”
Iacovaros, who has lived in the village for more than 30 years, told the Romanian newspaper, “The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MOAD) has promised to help us, but we are not receiving anything.
The government is not doing anything for us.
We are not getting any help.”