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Residents of the Mogilev orphanage for difficult boys - one of 193 orphanages in Belarus - mop the floor in the common room of their dormatory. Belarus, with a population of 10 million, has 32,000 orphans. Of those 80 per cent are social orphans removed from their homes primarily due to parental alcoholism which is rampant in the radioactive contaminated regions of Belarus. Every year 5,000 new children are taken into the orphanages. According to Narodnaya Gazeta, a Belarusian national newspaper, the country now has more orphans than following the second World War.