Now, an entire generation of children has grown up in the sewers. They fled underground in 1989 when the Communist regime was overthrown and Romanian orphanages were closed, releasing thousands of kids onto the streets. Many took refuge in the sewer tunnels, heated by steam pipes. They are lost boys and girls who have now grown into adults.
Above the tunnels on street level, an entirely different world thrives. There are restaurants, fancy cars, shops and government offices are nearby. Many of the sewer tunnels are stacked with garbage and rotting clothes serving as beds. A few have sleeping bags. The police have tried sealing the sewer entrances, but the tunnel people just find another way in.
Drug addicts also live in the tunnels, and it can be dangerous. To be allowed inside their world, Robert said, we would need permission from their leader, an elusive and mysterious man known as Bruce Lee.