A Childhood under the eye of the Secret Police


At 2 a.m. on 10 March 1983, 12 year old Carmen Bugan was home alone after her father had left for Bucharest. That afternoon, Carmen returned from school to find secret police in her living room. Her father’s protest against the regime had changed her life for ever. This is her story.

This is one of the most powerful stories I have recorded so far. What you will hear in Carmen’s own words is an incredibly emotional story about childhood, family, spirit and humanity – do stay and listen to the end. It’s safe to say it’s a hell of a story and an emotional one too…

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Carmen has also written Poetry and the Language of Oppression – Essays on Politics and Poetics, available here

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