Adopting change in outdated care system

  • 2003-11-20
  • By Tim Ochser
RIGA - As soon as I enter the room, my eyes meet the jaded dark eyes of a three-year-old boy called Janis. We stare at each other for a moment. Then, to my surprise, he runs across the room and lovingly grabs hold of my leg. "Uncle," he says in an irresistible voice and gazes up at me. I'm momentarily lost for words. Katrina Kogane, the pediatrician who's taking me on a tour of the state-run Bernu barenu aprupes centrs (Orphaned children's care center) in the Teika district of Riga, tells me that Janis is an extremely friendly child, who doesn't get to see many men in his life.Friendly he m...
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