March 11, 2014
Jedlinsk, Poland
Looking like they’re worn out from all the festivities, children sit on a bench during the traditional last-day-of-carnival event called ‘Kusaki’. The carnival, where all roles are played by males, takes place during Shrove Tuesday and includes a folk party and a re-enactment showing the ‘defeat of Death’. (via Telegraph)

Jedlinsk, Poland

Looking like they’re worn out from all the festivities, children sit on a bench during the traditional last-day-of-carnival event called ‘Kusaki’. The carnival, where all roles are played by males, takes place during Shrove Tuesday and includes a folk party and a re-enactment showing the ‘defeat of Death’. (via Telegraph)

February 14, 2014

Russia’s Youngest Boy Racer Takes Car Stunt in his Stride

Toxa Avdeev posted this video of his three-year-old son enjoying the ride after fitting a camera to the dashboard of his powerful Subaru Legacy B4.

Strapped into his safety seat, the little boy initially appears bored until he hears the squeal of the brakes. His eyes then open wide with excitement and he grins widely as the car speeds up, spins and drifts. (via Telegraph)

February 3, 2014
Moscow, Russia
Children are escorted at the gates of a school after a Moscow high-school student reportly shot a teacher and a police officer dead. The student held more than 20 other students hostage in a classroom before he was disarmed and detained. (via Guardian)

Moscow, Russia

Children are escorted at the gates of a school after Moscow high-school student reportly shot a teacher and a police officer dead. The student held more than 20 other students hostage in a classroom before he was disarmed and detained. (via Guardian)

January 20, 2014

Russia: Farmer’s Sweetly Mystical Portraits of her Boys and their Animals

Elena Shumilova and her family live on a farm. While she manages the property, her boys play with their dogs, rabbits, cats, and ducks. Shumilova is also a photographer. So in addition to her duties on the farm, she often captures remarkably heartwarming and otherworldly pictures of her boys with their animal friends. (via 22 Words)

January 11, 2014
Georgian Patriarch Says Surrogate Children ‘Problematic’
In his Christmas address to the nation, Georgia’s Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II said that children born by surrogate mothers or through artificial insemination will be “problematic” in their adulthood. 
He also said that families with such children cannot be happy.
The patriarch’s address was read by Archdeacon Demetre Davitashvili on January 7.
Ilia also said that the European Union should understand and respect Georgia’s traditions and mentality. (via Radio Free Europe)

Georgian Patriarch Says Surrogate Children ‘Problematic’

In his Christmas address to the nation, Georgia’s Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II said that children born by surrogate mothers or through artificial insemination will be “problematic” in their adulthood. 

He also said that families with such children cannot be happy.

The patriarch’s address was read by Archdeacon Demetre Davitashvili on January 7.

Ilia also said that the European Union should understand and respect Georgia’s traditions and mentality. (via Radio Free Europe)

December 30, 2013
Toddler Haddile Meets Birth Parents in Sweden
The three-year-old who was abandoned in Sweden and later faced a deportation battle was reunited with her birth parents at her foster home.
Haddile, who was abandoned by her mother just days after her birth and then allegedly abused by her stepfather before being taken in by foster parents, became a household name in 2012 when attempts were made to deport her. 
Her story sparked outrage in Sweden and she was eventually given a two-year residency permit but not refugee status. The girl’s parents have since said they want to bring her back to Algeria.
"They were calm and friendly. Haddile was curious but they didn’t understand one another," her foster mother Malén Liewehr told Expressen of the recent family rendezvous.
She added that the parents visited on two occasions during the festive season and were accompanied by staff from social services and an Arabic interpreter. (via The Local)

Toddler Haddile Meets Birth Parents in Sweden

The three-year-old who was abandoned in Sweden and later faced a deportation battle was reunited with her birth parents at her foster home.

Haddile, who was abandoned by her mother just days after her birth and then allegedly abused by her stepfather before being taken in by foster parents, became a household name in 2012 when attempts were made to deport her. 

Her story sparked outrage in Sweden and she was eventually given a two-year residency permit but not refugee status. The girl’s parents have since said they want to bring her back to Algeria.

"They were calm and friendly. Haddile was curious but they didn’t understand one another," her foster mother Malén Liewehr told Expressen of the recent family rendezvous.

She added that the parents visited on two occasions during the festive season and were accompanied by staff from social services and an Arabic interpreter. (via The Local)

December 27, 2013
Greek Families Ask Samaras and Papoulias to Adopt their Children
Several families that are a three-child household from a region in central Greece, Almyros, made a symbolic move, indicative of their desperation. They asked the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, the President of Greek Republic, Karolos Papoulias, as well as the President of Greek Parliament to adopt their children as they cannot afford to raise them on their own.
Many families in Greece have suffered painful cuts in salaries; their members are jobless, while the State has reduced the grants to multi-child families. All these strict measures have affected all Greek families and namely multiple children households as they cannot make ends meet and are unable to cover even the basic needs of their children.
According to the local newspaper Taxidromos, there were 40 applications with which the parents called the President of Greek Republic, the President of Greek Parliament and the Greek Prime Minister to adopt their children. All these applications were sent on Monday, by the Almyros’ Association of three-child families. Those three political leaders were asked to adopt a total of 120 children from Almyros. (via Greek Reporter)

Greek Families Ask Samaras and Papoulias to Adopt their Children

Several families that are a three-child household from a region in central Greece, Almyros, made a symbolic move, indicative of their desperation. They asked the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, the President of Greek Republic, Karolos Papoulias, as well as the President of Greek Parliament to adopt their children as they cannot afford to raise them on their own.

Many families in Greece have suffered painful cuts in salaries; their members are jobless, while the State has reduced the grants to multi-child families. All these strict measures have affected all Greek families and namely multiple children households as they cannot make ends meet and are unable to cover even the basic needs of their children.

According to the local newspaper Taxidromos, there were 40 applications with which the parents called the President of Greek Republic, the President of Greek Parliament and the Greek Prime Minister to adopt their children. All these applications were sent on Monday, by the Almyros’ Association of three-child families. Those three political leaders were asked to adopt a total of 120 children from Almyros. (via Greek Reporter)

December 2, 2012

Russian children’s ice hockey match ends after brawl

An ice hockey match between two teams of 10-year-olds from Moscow and Novokuznetsk is called off after most of the players are sin-binned for fighting. Russian pro-hockey is often mocked for lacking the sort of fisticuffs that characterise the NHL, but that may not last for long. (via guardian.co.uk)

December 1, 2012
Up is Down and Girls are Boys: Swedish Toy Ad Flips the Script on Christmas
Fans of David Sedaris will know that Christmas in Europe can get weird. And this Christmas boys will be boys but also girls will be boys.
Top Toy — which holds the franchise for Toys “R” Us in Sweden — has released its Christmas catalogue and it features boys playing with dolls and girls playing with guns. If you ask the company’s director of sales Jan Nyberg, this move was because Top Toy is all hunky-dory and hip and cool. (via Gawker)

Up is Down and Girls are Boys: Swedish Toy Ad Flips the Script on Christmas

Fans of David Sedaris will know that Christmas in Europe can get weird. And this Christmas boys will be boys but also girls will be boys.

Top Toy — which holds the franchise for Toys “R” Us in Sweden — has released its Christmas catalogue and it features boys playing with dolls and girls playing with guns. If you ask the company’s director of sales Jan Nyberg, this move was because Top Toy is all hunky-dory and hip and cool. (via Gawker)

October 19, 2012
Miskolc, Hungary
A Roma boy eats bread in his family’s home in an apartment block (via guardian.co.uk)

Miskolc, Hungary

A Roma boy eats bread in his family’s home in an apartment block (via guardian.co.uk)

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