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Stories from diaspora// Laura Muruzuc: “I learned to walk, write, read, and after that came poetry.”

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Laura never dreamed of becoming a queen, or a famous singer, or a teacher, or of going to the Moon when she was a little child. Being caught in the present moment, she preferred to enjoy life and its usual little things. Laura is a poet. She managed to give poetry a new form by merging it with music and images in order to create a rhythm, a state, a feeling. She is concerned about various social problems regarding inner and outer worlds of humans. That is the reason why she got involved in the social journalism area and applied to study Media, Development and Society at the University of Bucharest. Surely, you will get to know her better through the today’s story.

About the origins of her poetry

Poetry was neither an accident nor a plan for Laura. “It was as natural as if a child grew up and learned to say his first words. It was the same as learning to cook, to love, to forgive. I do not make poetry a privilege over the things I’ve learned in my life. It’s a part of me, a way of being, not more, not less.”

Laura sees things in her own special way, though she says that she was never in active search of inspiration. “I try to engage in observing cute little stories around me and very often find myself appreciating the beauty in simple and mundane things.”

Her freedom of interacting with the surrounding world was encouraged by her parents since she was a little child. “My early life in the countryside, my little parent’s house with white walls and the few scattered fruit trees, all of these describes the place I come from. The memories of this place and my parents are so vivid to me and so much a part of who I am,” she describes it. Moreover, Laura ows them a big part of her personality and the way she came to know the world. “I owe my hair, my eyes and my dimples to my mom and I owe the love for nature and my clear mind to my dad. They let me roam around barefoot, climb trees and drink cold water from springs,” Laura says.

Therefore, poetry is an important part of her life. “Every day I write something, or I have a rhyme in my mind. I have been doing it for years, without being paid for it, without going to the office Monday to Friday, without earning an annual prize, without chasing a career. I’ve been writing poetry for so long and  it means a lot for me.”

About the ‘building bricks’ of her personality

First of all, Laura is an extremely empathetic person. You could observe it from the very first second of a conversation with her or from the projects she develops. “When I was in high school, I found my first job as a teacher at a day care centre for children. I had a program with them every Friday. Because I could carve wood, I was teaching a group of boys this craft. I was personally involved in their life stories and understood how much childhood means for a personality development. Early growing up can be very destructive,” Laura recalls.

Empathy is one of the reasons why she chose social journalism as the main course of her career and she thinks that both journalism and poetry are mirrors to the world. “People look into it. They can see themselves and think: <<Maybe something should be changed?>>”

Furthermore, Laura is a real-world idealist whose personal philosophy is based on freedom of expression and uniqueness of every human being ideas.

“I want us to believe in everyone’s freedom of expression without being judged and to try to work towards building an equal world for each individuality. I want us to contribute to a better world through the unique talent that we have.”

Her own talent – she can transform a simple goal into a life direction and inspire others to do great things as well. Laura is one more demonstration to those that fear to make great changes. She proves that passion for what you do, and a big desire is enough. “In Chișinău, I had a job I was dreaming of since I was in college. I was working for Keystone Moldova, an NGO that supports disabled people. At the same time, I was writing articles for two equally beautiful projects: “60 plus” and “Haibun.md”. I built my own corner for my books and my white boots. I had my community of close and dear people… One day, I left everything and made a fresh start in Bucharest.”  That was the moment when she began her studies in Romania. “The master’s degree is just a reason to be on the way. It’s not only about studying more, but also about searching more, trying more and building new connections.” Laura states.

She never liked choosing between the already established paths: “You always have to go right or left, ahead or back. And what if I’m heading sideways? What if I’m in the middle? what do I do?” Laura doesn’t have a well-established concept regarding the way the things she is passionate about, her abilities and her achievements should be put together. “It is rather a feeling, an understanding of what should happen in the next few years and where I’d like to go. I am neither strategic nor experimental. I am still looking for ways to shape my abilities.” Nonetheless, her artistic and empathetic nature along with her talents and the desire to help will certainly guide Laura on her way.

About MAUD and the most important messages

MAUD – Laura’s project of poetry has a distinct story to be told: “After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I woke up on an airplane, for a project of 8 months in Macedonia as a volunteer for a European project. I had the chance to discover this country while living in a city surrounded by mountains, but which still had a post-Soviet air, very similar to the one in Moldova. I was working on a radio station founded by local youth. I had some spare time, so I recorded a poem and sent it to my brother. That first poem was called Fosil(in Romanian). He told me that he would listen to more poetry during his commute on the subway, and he would love to get a full album. So, I recorded 17 audio poems and uploaded them on YouTube. They remained untouched for a year until a friend wrote to me about making a video together.”

That’s how Laura’s first video of visual poetry accompanied by music appeared. That’s how the mesmerizing and almost hypnotizing video “Lăstar” materialised. Laura still has a lot of plans regarding the MAUD project. “I’ll continue to write. I believe that will bring me to other albums of audio poetry, books and poetry recitals,” Laura reveals.

More MAUD works can be found here.

Her poetry fused with music and images manages to awaken feelings which people are usually not aware of. Her messages are wrapped nicely and delicately, but, at the same time, they strike the conscience and reach the heart. She often talks about social problems through her poetry. That is, basically, one of her voices she uses to make herself heard to the world, along with the journalistic activity.

Laura thinks that there is something to be done by each of us in order to better understand the problems of the surrounding world and that social movements contribute to the awakening of people’s conscience and empathy. Her message:

“How many of us protest when we see a wrong thing? How many do not say a thing when they really want to. We were not educated to refuse, to swim against the current and that’s where it all comes from. They say to keep the head down and let everything pass. But it doesn’t just go away. It resurfaces as fears, frustrations or misfortunes. The only way I know is to start being honest with ourselves. For me, the social movements reflect the understanding that something is wrong, that we think and act only superficially, that we do not care about the traces that we leave behind and that it’s time to change something. Be different. If you feel that there is something wrong and oppressive, then talk about it. Even a small word can change things. I try to do that through poetry. How do you do it?”

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Generation C – a documentary by Moldova.org about shepherding in Moldova and Georgia // VIDEO

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At the end of January, Moldova.org presented the premiere of the documentary Generation C, a film about an occupation that was passed on from father to son – shepherding.

The documentary tells the story of Vaso and Anatolie – two men, one from the Georgian mountains and another from the south of Moldova – and displays the activity of their lives, that of their fathers, grandparents and great-grandparents. But will it be inherited by their sons as well?

Anatolie Ciobanu (his name is translated as shepherd) lives in Alexandru Ioan Cuza village, Cahul district. He has several hundred sheep and says he may run out of them one day.

Vaso Gulelauri lives in Lalisquri Village, Telavi, Georgia with his family. When he is not taking care of sheep and is not at home, he spends his time in the mountains. He has never been to the sea, because he loves the mountains too much.

In the last 20 years, the number of sheep in the Republic of Moldova has almost halved. The same thing happened in Georgia. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia had about two million sheep. Now, the figure reaches one million only.

The documentary can be watched below:

„Generation C” documentary (english subtitles)

Prieteni, astăzi publicăm documentarul „Generația C” subtitrat în limba engleză! Deci vă invităm să-l distribuiți și să-l arătați prietenilor voștri care nu vorbesc româna sau georgiana și rusa. ^_^Într-o eră a Internetului, vitezei și industrializării, doi ciobani, unul moldovean, altul georgian, ne-au împărtășit istoriile lor și ne-au vorbit despre tradiția transmisă lor de bunicii și tații lor.Pe lângă imaginile pitorești, bucuria celor doi este că încă mai pot împărtăși această cutumă cu fii lor. Dar oare vor fi cei doi oieri și ultima generație de ciobani din familiile lor? Găsiți răspunsul în documentarul nostru, „Generația C”.

Geplaatst door Moldova.org op Maandag 18 mei 2020

This text is a translation. The original article here.

Photos: Moldova.org| Tatiana Beghiu

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The Moldovan Orthodox Church spread dangerous fakes about COVID-19 vaccination, nano-chipping and 5G

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Religion is an essential part of almost every Moldovan citizen’s life. The majority of Moldova’s people describe themselves as being religious – almost 93% of the population. 90% of the total population declared they follow Orthodoxy, governed by the Eastern Orthodox Church, according to the national census conducted in 2014.

Therefore, the Moldovan Orthodox Church (MOC) is the one that introduces and approves the most important religious and everyday life practices for 90% of Moldova’s population, but it is also responsible for a lot of stereotypes, stigmas, myths, beliefs and disbelief spread in the Moldovan society.

This week, two messages of the Moldovan Orthodox Church were addressed to the state authorities. One of them referred to the restrictions imposed on the activity of the churches from Moldova during the Public Health Emergency period. Another urged the government to refrain from compulsory vaccination of the population, when a vaccine against COVID-19 would be made available. What is even worse, the second message included false information about nano-chipping and 5G technology.

First, the MOC representatives didn’t agree with the latest provisions issued by the National Extraordinary Public Health Commission, which established that religious ceremonies will continue to be held in churchyards, keeping social distance, until June 30. “We have been looking forward to lifting more restrictions, and that postponement is outrageous, disgusting and even embarrassing,” is mentioned in the letter of the religious institution.

Earlier, on March 13, the Moldovan authorities announced that all religious ceremonies have to be ceased for a period of 14 days. However, the Moldovan Orthodox Church encouraged the local churches’ representatives from all over the country to continue their activity, defying any rules imposed.

See also: How does coronavirus spread? Churches can easily become a contagion epicentre

“If you like to call yourselves Christians, why didn’t you follow the example of Georgia or Bulgaria, which did not interrupt the religious ceremonies and have a lower mortality rate? When removing the restrictions, why didn’t you follow the example of Spain and other states that were much more affected and, still, allowed 30% entering in churches since last Sunday?”

The letter claimed that a denigration campaign was launched against the Church, by using such expressions as “outbreaks of infection”, “insanitary spaces”, “medieval practices” in the officials’ messages addressed to the population. Also, a request to participate in the decision-making process was made. “We welcome the initiative to invite (to negotiations) the representatives of the Moldovan Orthodox Church and to reformulate the decision in accordance with the norms of Christian morality. Otherwise, we assume the canonical and moral right to exclude you from the remembrance and prayer of the Church,” threatened the members of the Church Synod.

At the same time, the clergy said that the decisions regarding changing or adapting religious practices should be taken only by the Church, not by the state.

The Metropolitan of Chisinau and All Moldova during the state of emergency.

In the second letter, addressed to the Moldovan officials, MOC called on voluntary vaccination of the population against the novel coronavirus. They also demanded the assurance of all fundamental rights of people who would refuse vaccines, but also to implant any chip in their body.

“Public opinion in many European countries is protesting against the mandatory vaccines, especially the vaccine against COVID-19, because it is considered a way of the global Antichrist system to introduce microchips into people’s bodies, with which to control them through 5G technology.”

The hallucinating declarations continued with blaming Bill Gates of creating “the micro-chipping technology through a vaccine that introduces nano-particles (or microchips?) into the body, which react to waves transmitted by 5G technology and allow the system to control humans remotely,” according to the MOC official message.

The evasive accusations are very similar to the discrediting campaigns that, according to the stopfals.md portal, are supported by several media institutions and blogs around the world, usually affiliated with various religious organisations, but also by sites with pro-Kremlin editorial policy.

“It is believed that 5G technology in combination with certain vaccines administered in China and Italy represented the basis for the appearance of this virus that turned the entire planet upside down,” speculated the MOC leaders, citing the declaration of an Italian MP, Sara Cunial, who called Bill Gates a murderer and asked to hand him over to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. Additionally, two more very dubious article published in a media outlet from Romania were used as references.

The MOC messages addressed to Moldovan authorities can be downloaded here.

The national Ombudsman expressed his concern regarding the MOC declarations. “The public launch of messages referring to dangers in the area of conspiracy scenarios is a reckless act that can generate panic and adverse consequences for social order, as well as insecurity and distrust in the country’s medical services, thus thwarting the efforts of the authorities to combat the epidemic,” is mentioned in a press release issued on the official page of the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman called on the leadership of the MOC to withdraw its request to the authorities and to refrain from other messages that could have a detrimental effect on public health, social order and human rights.

Similar positions had the Moldovan officials to whom the MOC messages were addressed, state institutions’ representatives, MPs, members of the Moldovan Academy of Sciences, and even church servants.

“These lies are not just meaningless fantasies, they are extremely dangerous because they fuel people’s scepticism about the efforts of doctors and researchers to get rid of this calamity called COVID-19. And this, dear Church leaders, endangers human lives!” commented the MP Radu Marian.

The Moldovan Orthodox Church consciously spread dangerous myths, while it is considered a credible source of information for a lot of religious people from Moldova. That could have serious consequences, as religious fanatics refusing to be vaccinated, a manipulated public opinion and a population opposing technology development. People should use their critical thinking in discerning information, even when they fully trust the Church, contrary to the frequent habit of believing without questioning.

Photos: Facebook| The Metropolitan of Chisinau and All Moldova

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A not working peacekeeping mechanism? When the Moldovan side requests, the Transnistrian one refuses

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During the state of emergency in the Republic of Moldova, Chisinau authorities requested, for several times, the assistance of the OSCE Mission in monitoring the Security Zone and fixing the appeared violations, as well as their further investigation, according to a press release of the Bureau for Reintegration Policies from Moldova.

On May 20, a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration, Cristina Lesnic, and Head of the OSCE Mission to the Republic of Moldova, Claus Neukirch, took place. There, security incidents were discussed.

Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration officially requested the presentation of an incidents’ list that were found by the OSCE, related to the illegal installation of border checkpoints by the Transnistrian side between March 16 and May 19. The incidents’ evaluation wasn’t possible to be made before, due to the fact that the departure of military observers has been prevented during the state of emergency.

“Chisinau insists on lifting the illegally installed border checkpoints, which restrict free movement and violate the commitments made in the Unified Control Commission, as well as those related to ensuring peace and the rule of law in the region. The peacekeeping mechanism must be operational,” is also mentioned in the press release.

Source: gov.md

The illegal border checkpoints and barriers around the border localities,  as well as blocking the attempts of military observers from the Joint Peacekeeping Forces to regularly record the violations, were addressed in a meeting of Unified Control Commission on May 14. The meeting took place in Bender and was chaired by the head of the Delegation of the Republic of Moldova.

“It was pointed out that the abusive actions of the Transnistrian side affected the citizens’ rights to free movement, medical care, property and, as a consequence, generated tension in the Security Zone,” the officials noted. However, no consensus was reached at that meeting between the Moldovan and Transnistrian sides.

After declaring a state of emergency on the territory of the Republic of Moldova, the Unified Control Commission temporarily ceased its meetings in the city of Bender, trying to convene the meetings remotely. During the same period, under the pretext of managing the state of emergency, the Transnistrian authorities installed several ‘checkpoints’ in the perimeter of the Security Zone (a buffer area between Moldova and Transnistria).

When Moldovan authorities tried to discuss the existing security issues by initiating video-conference meetings, held in the presence of representatives of Ukraine and the OSCE Mission, the Transnistrian side refused to participate.

Besides, Transnistrian officials refused to attend the meeting on the public healthcare subjects, requested in video conference format at the headquarters of the OSCE Mission to the Republic of Moldova. The last such refusal was expressed on May 19, when a working group was supposed to discuss a number of topics related to the management of the epidemiological situation in the Republic of Moldova, including the Transnistrian region, as the Bureau for Reintegration Policies reported.

Previously, the Moldovan Government called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to send a mission to the Transnistrian region, where respecting basic human rights, including the population’s access to medical services can’t be guaranteed by the authorities from Chisinau. The request was made after the OSCE informed that a 5 + 2 meeting to resolve the Transnistrian conflict, requested by Chisinau, wouldn’t be convened.

See also: Moldova’s authorities asked for sending a WHO mission in Transnistria after the OSCE informed that a 5+2 meeting won’t take place

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