Sunday, October 23, 2011

Orphanage In Haiti Forced To Close Due To Neglect

An orphanage whose director was accused by U.S. missionaries of not feeding children and selling donated goods was closed Friday in a rare crackdown by Haitian authorities.
Police officers and child welfare officials sealed off the unpaved street in front of the Son of God orphanage and the children who lived there were loaded into a UNICEF bus and taken to new homes.
Diem Pierre, general coordinator of the Institute of Welfare and Research, said the government closed the orphanage permanently because inspectors found children were living in unsanitary conditions. He said the inspection was prompted by complaints from U.S. missionaries.
"We found kids with health problems," Pierre told The Associated Press. "They looked as though they hadn't eaten. They looked malnourished."

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