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Children Test Positive for STD in Haiti Orphanage

LADB Article ID: 80565
Category/Department: Haiti
Date: 2018-04-05
By: George Rodríguez

The fact that dozens of children at an orphanage tested positive to a sexually transmitted disease (STD) sounded the alarm in the US Senate, 10 of whose members have asked the US State Department to pressure the Haitian government into closing the place.In a letter sent Jan. 29 to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, the senators also charged that children have been abused at the orphanage Notre Dame de la Nativité (Our Lady of the Nativity), located in Fontamara, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital. The home, which was badly hit by the devastating January 2010 earthquake that killed close to 70 children there, has processed adoption requests mostly from US and French families, and according to the senators, has been under investigation for more than a year by the government agency focused on child protection, the Institut de Bien-Être Social et de Recherches (IBESR). “While Haiti’s social services agency has had an ongoing investigation into the orphanage for more than a year, nothing has been done to stop the abuse,” the legislators wrote in their January letter.

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