Italy: Umbrage Editions, 2002. First edition. Hardcover. 108 pp. [28 cm] Still in shrink wrap. B&W portrait of young child on cover. as NEW. Item #20303
From back cover:
"More than a decade after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the overthrow and execution of brutal Romanian dictator Nicholae Ceausescu, the worst AIDS epidemic among children in the world bears out its infamous legacy in Romania, still one of the poorest and most fractured societies in Eastern Europe. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, government hospitals and orphanages were told to systematically treat the malnourished and anemic children with a fast-fix "pick-me-up" consisting of transfusions of unscreened plasma, blood later found to be tainted with HIV. Over this last decade, thousands have died; but almost 10,000 children with AIDS remain, still alive. The tragedy continues. Magnum photographer Ken Klich traveled to Romania from 1994 through 1999 to document the apalling aftermath of Ceausescu's horror. In Children of Ceausescu, Klich gives us visceral images and brief life stories of the boys and girls who still suffer from the state's mass experiment. Compassionate yet unflinching, the photographs give us a glimpse of the daily lives of these children, both terrible and mundane. They run and splash in puddles, they laugh out loud, but they also know disease and death intimately and live, and die, facing the realities of their infection."