Hristov family is going hungry to bed, the heart of father Vladimir tears apart when they ask him if there is anything to eat: The tears of the family living in a freezing room (VIDEO)
The suffering of Vladimir and his family started three years ago when his wife died
Hristov family, father Vladimir (40), his children Marija (10) and son Ognjen (7), and Vladimir's disabled mother Gorica, will wait the New Year in a small and freezing room, hungry, wrapped in blankets. They live in Skopje suburb Pribor, in unfinished little house which is leaking on all sides.
The suffering of Vladimir and his family started three years ago when his wife died. He is unemployed, he is receiving no social help, and he is doing all he can to feed himself and his children because minimal pension of his mother is not covering the basic needs.
A year ago Vladimir fell off of a truck and he injured his spine, so his capabilities have been limited as well.
- Despite the pain, I am doing all sorts of stuff just to bring a piece of bread to the table, but that is not enough - admitted Vladimir to the reporters of Skopje TV21 in February.
Nine months later, the reporters visited the Hristov family once again and they found the even more desperate situation. Little house is falling apart. They all live in a small room that looks like a shelter and they all sleep in the same bed so they can keep warm at night.
When it's raining, the house is leaking in all possible places. They have been patching the house for years to protect themselves from wind and cold, but it was no use. Patches can be seen on all sides. Sponges on the walls for insulation, cardboard on the floor where wood rotted away.
The electricity has been cut off because they didn't have the money to pay for it. The Sun is the only light that reaches into their home. Children study during the night on candles and when they have firewood, they heat up water in a big pot so they can take a bath.
Marija and Ogrnjen are great children and they are even better students. They mostly go to bed hungry, with empty stomachs, and the heart of father Vladimir tears to shreds when they ask him if there is anything to eat.
- I don't want children at school to point their fingers at my children, saying that we are poor. I wanted to provide everything to them, but I am powerless. I knocked on many doors, but they were all closed to me. I don't receive social help, so I pray for my children to remain healthy - Vladimir said to the reporter of TV21.
He and his children still leave from a humble pension of his mother Gorica, who said through tears that she can't give them anything to snack.
- The teacher in school often buys them something to eat when she sees that all the children eat something, and my grandchildren don't eat anything, said grandma Gorica, while lying in bed.
The youngest member of this tortured family is Ognjen. He is an excellent pupil and when the reporter asked him, what would he like for New Year, he answered: "I would like a small present with candies from Santa."
They also placed a small Christmas tree in the room with plastic decorations, and a handwritten sign above it: New Year 2018. Their father said with sadness in his voice that they will welcome the New Year in a cold room, with nothing to eat, in the bed, wrapped in blankets.
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(Telegraf.co.uk / D.J.)