After a couple of weeks of abstinence, Catalina couldn’t resist using drugs any longer. She wrote: “it’s too late, I’m a drug addict and there is nothing left to do.”
For awhile Catalina tried to stay off drugs. During this period she ate and slept most of the time, trying to recover and find relief from her pain.
Washed dishes and a copy of Leonardo da VinciÕs painting ÒThe Last SupperÓ are seen in the tunnel. The tunnels inhabitants use generators to produce electricity for lights, fans, stereos, refrigerators and television.
Catalina and Bruce Lee (center) are seen during a blackout. Before the arrival of Bruce Lee, the de-facto leader of the tunnels, the tunnels were only lit by candle.
Boredom is common in the tunnels, with few available activities apart from using drugs. Although she started using drugs at age 13, Catalina also liked to write.
During winter, up to 40 people occupied the tunnel to stay warm, living together in a space of only a few square meters.
Catalina, 17 years old. After being abandoned at birth, she grew up in an orphanage, then lived on the street and in Bucharest's tunnels since age 12.