These distressing images reveal the plight of children found on the brink of starvation in orphanages in Belarus.

Some of the 100 severely malnourished youngsters that were found had been suffering at the homes, in the capital Minsk, for years and several teenagers weighed as little as 2st 5lb.

Appalled authorities have demanded a criminal investigation while the pictures have been likened by some to Nazi wartime victims and the emaciated poverty-stricken orphans in Romanian care homes in the 1980s.

Distressing images have emerged revealing the plight of children found on the brink of starvation in orphanages in Belarus. One of the youngsters is pictured being cared for by a paediatrician

Distressing images have emerged revealing the plight of children found on the brink of starvation in orphanages in Belarus. One of the youngsters is pictured being cared for by a paediatrician

Distressing images have emerged revealing the plight of children found on the brink of starvation in orphanages in Belarus. One of the youngsters is pictured being cared for by a paediatrician

Some of the 100 severely malnourished youngsters had been suffering at the homes, in the capital Minsk, for years and several teenagers weighed as little as 2st 5lb, it has emerged

Some of the 100 severely malnourished youngsters had been suffering at the homes, in the capital Minsk, for years and several teenagers weighed as little as 2st 5lb, it has emerged

Some of the 100 severely malnourished youngsters had been suffering at the homes, in the capital Minsk, for years and several teenagers weighed as little as 2st 5lb, it has emerged

Appalled authorities have demanded a criminal investigation while the pictures have been likened by some to Nazi wartime victims

Appalled authorities have demanded a criminal investigation while the pictures have been likened by some to Nazi wartime victims

Appalled authorities have demanded a criminal investigation while the pictures have been likened by some to Nazi wartime victims

Shocking photographs show children with painfully thin limbs and pale, sunken cheeks. The director of one orphanage described the victims' legs as 'toothpicks covered with skin'

Shocking photographs show children with painfully thin limbs and pale, sunken cheeks. The director of one orphanage described the victims' legs as 'toothpicks covered with skin'

Shocking photographs show children with painfully thin limbs and pale, sunken cheeks. The director of one orphanage described the victims’ legs as ‘toothpicks covered with skin’

Prosecutors claim the children have been neglected - but the orphanages involved insist their condition was brought about through psychological problems

Prosecutors claim the children have been neglected - but the orphanages involved insist their condition was brought about through psychological problems

Prosecutors claim the children have been neglected – but the orphanages involved insist their condition was brought about through psychological problems

The images have sparked outrage in Belarus with one outraged commentator likening the scene to the conditions at the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp in Germany

The images have sparked outrage in Belarus with one outraged commentator likening the scene to the conditions at the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp in Germany

The images have sparked outrage in Belarus with one outraged commentator likening the scene to the conditions at the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp in Germany

THE STARVING CHILDREN OF ROMANIAN CARE HOMES IN THE 1980S

In the 1980s, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu enacted an austerity policy in order to pay Romania’s external debt.  

Orphanages suffered as a result, with many lacking heating and food. 

Many orphans did not know how to feed themselves, while others would starve to death. 

Thousands of emaciated and diseased babies were found slowly dying in filth infested cradles. 

Children were tied to their beds or restrained in their own clothing. 

Girls and boys’ heads would be shaved and children would often sit naked because staff forgot to clothe them. 

Shocking photographs show children with painfully thin limbs and pale, sunken cheeks. 

The director of one orphanage described the victims’ legs as ‘toothpicks covered with skin’. 

Prosecutors claim that the children have been neglected.

However the orphanages involved insist their condition was brought about through psychological problems.

The shocking images have sparked outrage in Belarus.

One outraged commentator likening the scene to the conditions at the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp in Germany, according to the Guardian.

Imena, an online magazine which originally published the pictures, said a woman of 20 discovered at a Minsk orphanage weighed only 1st 11lb. 

Some orphanages blamed a lack of money to buy special calorie-rich nutrition enteral.

But many others said the supplement did not help youngsters gain weight. 

One director said some of the orphans suffered from ‘cerebral palsy or other congenital pathologies’.

The director added that many are brought to the facilities to ‘stay the rest of their lives’.

The plight of the youngsters was finally uncovered when a paediatrician held a charity football match to raise money for enteral supplies and invited journalists along.

Prosecutors said two orphanage directors had already been sacked and insist the ‘abnormal condition’ of the children would have been ‘obvious’ had specialists carried out regular medical checks.

Some orphanages blamed a lack of money to buy special calorie-rich nutrition enteral - but others said the supplement did not help youngsters gain weight

Some orphanages blamed a lack of money to buy special calorie-rich nutrition enteral - but others said the supplement did not help youngsters gain weight

Some orphanages blamed a lack of money to buy special calorie-rich nutrition enteral – but others said the supplement did not help youngsters gain weight

A young child lies face down on a bed while medics tend to another child in the background. The images have sparked revulsion in Belarus

A young child lies face down on a bed while medics tend to another child in the background. The images have sparked revulsion in Belarus

A young child lies face down on a bed while medics tend to another child in the background. The images have sparked revulsion in Belarus

The plight of the youngsters was finally uncovered when a paediatrician held a charity football match to raise money for enteral supplies and invited journalists along

The plight of the youngsters was finally uncovered when a paediatrician held a charity football match to raise money for enteral supplies and invited journalists along

The plight of the youngsters was finally uncovered when a paediatrician held a charity football match to raise money for enteral supplies and invited journalists along

Prosecutors said two orphanage directors had already been sacked and insist the 'abnormal condition' of the children would have been 'obvious' had specialists carried out regular medical checks

Prosecutors said two orphanage directors had already been sacked and insist the 'abnormal condition' of the children would have been 'obvious' had specialists carried out regular medical checks

Prosecutors said two orphanage directors had already been sacked and insist the ‘abnormal condition’ of the children would have been ‘obvious’ had specialists carried out regular medical checks

Pictures show the eating area of one of the orphanages. Images of orphans likened to Nazi wartime victims have prompted outrage in Belarus and calls for an investigation

Pictures show the eating area of one of the orphanages. Images of orphans likened to Nazi wartime victims have prompted outrage in Belarus and calls for an investigation

Pictures show the eating area of one of the orphanages. Images of orphans likened to Nazi wartime victims have prompted outrage in Belarus and calls for an investigation

One director said some of the orphans suffered from 'cerebral palsy or other congenital pathologies' and that many are brought to the facilities to 'stay the rest of their lives'

One director said some of the orphans suffered from 'cerebral palsy or other congenital pathologies' and that many are brought to the facilities to 'stay the rest of their lives'

One director said some of the orphans suffered from ‘cerebral palsy or other congenital pathologies’ and that many are brought to the facilities to ‘stay the rest of their lives’

A worker prepares a meal of tomato salad, potato soup, sour cream, boiled beef and mashed potatoes at an orphanage in Belarus

A worker prepares a meal of tomato salad, potato soup, sour cream, boiled beef and mashed potatoes at an orphanage in Belarus

A worker prepares a meal of tomato salad, potato soup, sour cream, boiled beef and mashed potatoes at an orphanage in Belarus

Pictures show one of the meals provided at an orphanage in Minsk. Prosecutors are looking into cases of neglect

Pictures show one of the meals provided at an orphanage in Minsk. Prosecutors are looking into cases of neglect

Pictures show one of the meals provided at an orphanage in Minsk. Prosecutors are looking into cases of neglect

The haunting pictures echo the care home crisis in Romania in the 1980s under Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s iron-fisted rule.

The conditions in the country’s orphanages suffered horrifically – where thousands of emaciated and diseased babies were found slowly dying in filth infested cradles.

The images sent shockwaves across the world when they were broadcast following the collapse of the communist regime.

The haunting pictures echo the care home crisis in Romania in the 1980s under Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's iron-fisted rule. Thousands of babies were left excruciating malnourished, including this two-year-old baby girl who was dying of AIDS - she was only held upright by an examining doctor 

The haunting pictures echo the care home crisis in Romania in the 1980s under Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's iron-fisted rule. Thousands of babies were left excruciating malnourished, including this two-year-old baby girl who was dying of AIDS - she was only held upright by an examining doctor 

The haunting pictures echo the care home crisis in Romania in the 1980s under Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s iron-fisted rule. Thousands of babies were left excruciating malnourished, including this two-year-old baby girl who was dying of AIDS – she was only held upright by an examining doctor 

Two baby orphans were pictured sitting in a dirty cot a Romanian care home. In the 1980s, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu enacted an austerity policy in order to pay Romania's external debt. Orphanages suffered as a result, with many lacking heating and food

Two baby orphans were pictured sitting in a dirty cot a Romanian care home. In the 1980s, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu enacted an austerity policy in order to pay Romania's external debt. Orphanages suffered as a result, with many lacking heating and food

Two baby orphans were pictured sitting in a dirty cot a Romanian care home. In the 1980s, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu enacted an austerity policy in order to pay Romania’s external debt. Orphanages suffered as a result, with many lacking heating and food

A child sits on a bed in an orphanage in 1990 in Romania. Nicolae Ceausescu required women to bear at least five children - causing the placement of 150,000 children, many infected with HIV, into state run orphanages due to the deteriorating economy

A child sits on a bed in an orphanage in 1990 in Romania. Nicolae Ceausescu required women to bear at least five children - causing the placement of 150,000 children, many infected with HIV, into state run orphanages due to the deteriorating economy

Petru Gobanu, a five-year-old orphan lies curled-up tightly into a ball as his cross-eyed cribmate Iulian Bordei, stands up looking around in a filthy urine-soaked iron crib

Petru Gobanu, a five-year-old orphan lies curled-up tightly into a ball as his cross-eyed cribmate Iulian Bordei, stands up looking around in a filthy urine-soaked iron crib

Petru Gobanu, a five-year-old orphan lies curled-up tightly into a ball as his cross-eyed cribmate Iulian Bordei, stands up (both left) looking around in a filthy urine-soaked iron crib. Pictured right, a child sits on a bed in an orphanage in 1990 in Romania. Nicolae Ceausescu required women to bear at least five children – causing the placement of 150,000 children, many infected with HIV, into state run orphanages due to the deteriorating economy

A heartrending close-up shows a gaunt orphan baby dying of AIDS as she lies in steel crib at the infectious disease clinic of Colentina Hospital in Romania

A heartrending close-up shows a gaunt orphan baby dying of AIDS as she lies in steel crib at the infectious disease clinic of Colentina Hospital in Romania

A heartrending close-up shows a gaunt orphan baby dying of AIDS as she lies in steel crib at the infectious disease clinic of Colentina Hospital in Romania

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