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Romania: 1,000s decry seizure of children from Romanian-Norwegian family01:30

Romania: 1,000s decry seizure of children from Romanian-Norwegian family

Romania, Bucharest
April 16, 2016 at 22:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands took to the streets of Bucharest, Saturday, to protest against the Norwegian Child Welfare Services (Barnevernet), which took away five children from the Bodnariu family living in the Naustdal municipality in the west of Norway.

The protesters carried pictures of the children as well as signs reading "Children belong to the family" and "Barnevernet = family destroyer."

Marius Bodnariu, a Romanian, and his Norwegian wife Ruth, former members of the Pentecostal Church in Bucharest, moved to Naustdal 10 years ago, where they raised five children. Two girls and three boys, including a three-month-old baby, were taken away from them by social workers in November, 2015.

Thousands of people have joined demonstrations in support of Ruth and Marius in a series of protests across the world. Many protesters believe that the couple are victims of discrimination on religious and national grounds.

According to the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality, the overall number of children and young people removed from their families increased by almost 50 percent during the last several years.

Romania: 1,000s decry seizure of children from Romanian-Norwegian family01:30
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Thousands took to the streets of Bucharest, Saturday, to protest against the Norwegian Child Welfare Services (Barnevernet), which took away five children from the Bodnariu family living in the Naustdal municipality in the west of Norway.

The protesters carried pictures of the children as well as signs reading "Children belong to the family" and "Barnevernet = family destroyer."

Marius Bodnariu, a Romanian, and his Norwegian wife Ruth, former members of the Pentecostal Church in Bucharest, moved to Naustdal 10 years ago, where they raised five children. Two girls and three boys, including a three-month-old baby, were taken away from them by social workers in November, 2015.

Thousands of people have joined demonstrations in support of Ruth and Marius in a series of protests across the world. Many protesters believe that the couple are victims of discrimination on religious and national grounds.

According to the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality, the overall number of children and young people removed from their families increased by almost 50 percent during the last several years.

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