Photo and caption by Istvan Kerekes
The miners' children childhood. In the background the miner block of flats. The Jiu Valley is Romania’s principal coal mining region. The Jiu Valley expanded rapidly in the second half of the 20th century, under the leadership of Nicolae Ceausescu - the communist dictator of Romania from 1965 to 1989. After the revolution in 1989, Jiu Valley has been profoundly influenced by deteriorating infrastructure, mine closures and massive layoffs, environmental degradation, and political and cultural isolation from the rest of Romania. Today, the everyday life in this region it is very hard.
Location: Jiu Valley / Romania