HOW TO LIVE IN EUROPE ON — Life (literally) between the cracks

Since the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, the former Soviet Socialist Republics are still going through social, economic, and political changes as they continue to adjust to life as sovereign nations. The Communistic ideal of the perseverance of the Proletarian towards a perfect Socialistic state has been replaced by the Capitalist reality of “haves” versus “have nots”, with everyone struggling for their daily bread.

Homelessness, alcohol and drug abuse, and endemic social ills persist, regardless of political ideology. Ukraine is not unique in its disillusioned youth trying to grow up too soon. Are all the underground persons in the link simply running away from bad family environments? Will boarding up access to warm building basements stem the tide of homeless youth forming families with others on the run?

Under Communism, living like this was the crime of being a social parasite. The link shows this existence from the “parasite” point of view. They are Ukraine’s children. And some of our children (wherever you live, dear reader) live like this.

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