Mariana's childhood was very difficult and joyless, filled with poverty, violence, and a lack of love, care, and support. Until she was 4 years old, she lived with her biological family in a small village. When she turned 5, she moved to Chisinau with her mother and two other brothers and they managed to rent a flat, trying to fit all together in one small room. Later they found another apartment with two rooms in a public dorm from the city, paying for it in installments. Periodically, in order to pay the costs, her mother went abroad to Moscow to earn the necessary money. Mariana remembers the day when she saw her mother for the last time very well. Her mother decided to leave again for work in Russia, but never came back. For a certain period of time she was in contact with her mother by telephone, but, one day, the phone calls ceased and Mariana never heard from her again. With the departure of her mother, she remained home with her older sister, who was already married, and older brother.