NSTworld: Two children were burned to death and 13 died due to smoke inhalation in the blaze that ravaged the Pennsylvania-based Church of Bible Understanding’s orphanage in Kenscoff.
PORT-AU-PRINCE: Fifteen children died in a fire that swept overnight through an orphanage in Haiti run by a US religious group, authorities said on Friday, triggering renewed controversy over the hundreds of unlicensed orphanages in the poorest nation in the Americas.
“Orphanages” - which in reality mostly house not just orphans but children whose parents feel they cannot afford to look after them - proliferated after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that killed tens of thousands.Burned remains are seen in a room inside the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding where a fire broke out the previous night in the Kenscoff area outside of Port-au-Prince February 14, 2020. - The fire killed 15 children. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)
There was no response to a voicemail seeking comment at the number listed for the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding at its office in Scranton, Pennsylvania.Nearly 60 per cent of Haiti’s 11.2 million inhabitants survive on less than US$2.40 a day, according to the World Bank.
Donors, mostly from the United States and faith-based organisations, give US$70 million a year to one-third of Haiti’s orphanages, it said. - REUTERS
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