Thirty years ago, about two hundred people lived in the Moldovan village of Dobrusa on the border of Russia. Now the number has come down to a single person.
This is because after the breakup of the Soviet Union, other residents of the village have migrated to bigger towns of Moldova or to other parts of Europe. But the love for home soil has forced Grisa Muntean to stay back. You however, will be surprised to know the way he has survived.
Grisa may be alone as far as human beings are concerned. However, for company he has many animals and birds. There are five dogs, nine turkeys, 42 chickens, 120 ducks, 50 pigeons and a large number of bees.
Grisa has been quoted as saying that there were about 50 houses in the villages. But now all are empty save his. “The loneliness kills you,” Grisa has said. To tackle loneliness, the 65-year-old Grisa talks to trees, birds and animals.
Grisa’s condition was not so pitiable even at the beginning of the year. For company he had Jenna and Lydia Lozynski living in another side of the village. “We used to talk over the phone or meet once in a while. However, since their death, I am all alone now,” Grisa lamented