Former Islands’ Woman Publishes Book On Romanian Orphans

rita trotman book coverA new book giving an account of the role islanders played in helping Romanian orphans will be launched on St Mary’s next month.

Former Old Town resident Rita Trotman has written ‘Sunlight Through The Shadows’ based on her multiple trips to the former communist country.

Rita learned about the appalling conditions in which orphans were treated during the reign of the dictator Ceausescu.

His 40 year rule ended with his assassination in 1989 and two years later Aneka Rice featured the suffering of the children on a television programme.

Rita made contact with producers and later went over there for a three-month trip. She was followed by a number of locals and an appeal was launched.

But Rita says she’ll never get the memories of those first few visits to the village out of her mind, describing the conditions as “horrendous.”

She says the children could barely communicate, were malnourished and sleeping two or three to a cot.

Rita and husband Eric mobilised the support of the islands’ Methodist church and Rotary Club and there was a flurry of activity to raise funds for the cause.

From Radio Scilly

Rita spoke to Radio Scilly about her experiences in Romania

The islands funded a house, built to house three local boys, whom Rita and Eric took care of.

Those boys are now in their forties and looked after by a guardian family although Rita says she still maintains the house. And she’s very happy with the outcome.

She kept a diary throughout the period and self-published the book as she wanted to share her experiences and that of the boys without having a publisher edit parts of the story.

Rita says the heart of the book is the support that she received from islanders and that’s why she wants to launch it with a book signing at St Mary’s library on Saturday 21st September from 10am until 12pm.

You can order the book here.