According to the U.S. government, Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe, depends on about $1.6 billion annually sent back from the roughly one million Moldovans who left for work in in Europe, Russia, and other former Soviet Bloc countries. Photographer Myriam Meloni went to Moldova to document what she refers to as "social orphans" -- children whose parents have emigrated to another country in search of a job and a better future for their families. Pictured, Lulia is seen washing dishes in her grandmother's house, where she lives.
Myriam Meloni