Ten members of a Baptist-affiliated group from Idaho are accused of child trafficking for attempting to spirit 33 Haitian children out of the country, supposedly for adoption in the US. Several of the children said their parents are not dead: here.
The accused are of the fundamentalist Southern Baptist Church (which originally arose as a split by slavery supporters from Southern US states from anti slavery “Northern” Baptists). See also US Southern Baptist televangelist Pat Robertson‘s view of the Haitian anti slavery revolt about 200 years ago as supposedly “Satanic“.
The plight of the American missionaries awaiting trial in Haiti for kidnapping children has been reported pretty sympathetically so far — even though 22 of the 33 children they tried to take across the border into the Dominican Republic have parents, which is stretching the definition of “orphan” even beyond that in the dictionary Madonna evidently consults: here.
U.S. CHURCH FACES NEGLECT ALLEGATIONS AFTER DEATHS OF CHILDREN IN FIRE For a limestone mantel from the Waldorf Astoria, the church that owns the Olde Good Things antique stores asks for $8,500. But for the death of each child in a fire at a home it ran in Haiti, parents said the same church offered to pay just $50 to $100 in family compensation — along with $150 for funeral-related costs such as new clothes and transportation. On Feb. 13, a fire killed 13 children and two adult caretakers described by the church’s lawyer as disabled. [HuffPost]
Hundreds of mourners have called for the return of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide – at a gravel pit in Haiti where countless earthquake victims have been dumped: here.
Haiti protests over quake aid: here.
HAITI: Displaced Women Face Double Jeopardy: here.
Orphan Fever: The Evangelical Movement’s Adoption Obsession. When devout Christian families made it their mission to save children from war-torn countries, the match was often far from heavenly: here.
Four hundred labourers were lured from Thailand to the US and forced to work as virtual slaves in a crime described by the FBI on Thursday as the largest human-trafficking case ever in the US.
- New State Department Travel Advisory For Haiti Leaves Some Haitians Disappointed (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
- U.S Man’s Trial Begins in Haiti Child Sex Case (mymajicdc.com)
- Woman jailed for trafficking her young daughter (abc.net.au)
- ‘I left because of corruption in the palace, and infrastructure sabotage.’ Why Richard Morse left Haiti’s government (thestar.com)