New Site Details Abuse of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

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Yana Buhrer Tavanier is a freelance journalist from Sofia, Bulgaria.  She has been working on a project to detail the abuse of adults institutionalized in Bulgaria, Romania & Serbia.

She has set up a blog to help release the information in text and images called Dumping Grounds for People.  It is by far, the most powerful site I have seen this year.  Human beings stripped of identity, dignity, care and respect.  These are mothers, brothers, daughters and friends - abandoned to squalor, poison and disease until their bodies finally decay and fail.

Here is a preview from this video portion of this project. [trigger warning]


Dumping Grounds For People contains the outcome of a four-months long journalistic investigation, conducted mostly undercover in ten institutions for adults with intellectual disabilities or mental illnesses in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.

As a fellow of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence in 2009, the author, Yana Buhrer Tavanier, uncovered evidence of human rights abuses, inhuman and degrading treatment and appalling neglect.

The shorter or longer English versions of the investigation, as well as the Bulgarian version, are free for republication, in case the author is quoted, and the following is mentioned: This article was produced as part of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, an initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN.

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