A Lost Boy Finds His Calling: Romanian Orphanage Survivor Hopes His Documentary Can Spare Children from Suffering

Feb 20, 2014 | The Washington Post

More than two decades ago, Western journalists discovered a desperate underworld of abandoned children warehoused in unheated orphanages. The video of Romanian children in terrible conditions was shown on ABC's "20/20" and spurred thousands of Americans to rush to save Romania's forgotten children.

Adoption freed Izidor Ruckel from his Romanian orphanage. But his physical and mental scars aren't easily escapable. He picks up a camera - the tool that hastened his rescue - to try and spare others from suffering.