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  posted on 1/31/2010 at 05:30 PM
Wtf is it with these religious loons? The arrogance and their conviction that they know what's best is breathtaking.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/01/31/2010-01-31_american_baptis ts_with_haitian_orphan_rescue_mission_detained_in_haiti_for_child.html


Haiti has jailed 10 Americans from a Baptist ministry and accused them of illegally trying to take 33 kids from the quake-ravaged nation to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.

"This is an abduction, not an adoption," Haitian Social Affairs Minister Yves Christallin said Sunday. The group, members of a Baptist church charity in Idaho called the New Life Children's Refuge, did not have the proper paperwork for the kids, he said.

"We were just trying to do the right thing," insists Laura Silsby, 40, head of the the church group, which runs an orphanage in Cabarate, a resort in the neighboring Dominican Republic.

They were arrested Friday night in a bus filled with kids ranging in age from 2 months to 12 years old enroute to the border.

"We had permission from the Dominican Republic government to bring the children to an orphanage that we have there," Silsby said. "They accuse us of children trafficking. This is something I would never do. We were not trying to do something wrong."

A hearing is set for Monday morning in Port-au-Prince.

The arrests come amid growing reports of child trafficking and missing children. Haiti has long had a problem with child trafficking - with children being sold to rich families to become servants.

The Idaho-based group apparent planned to take 100 kids to the resort orphanage.

A document posted online by the group asks for donations to bring 100 Haitian children to safety iand for volunteers to take care of the children during two-week stints. Under the heading "Purpose," it reads: "Rescue Haitian orphans abandoned on the streets, makeshift hospitals, or from collapsed orphanages."

The US embassy said here Sunday that ten US citizens were being held in Haiti for "alleged violations of Haitian laws related to immigration," following reports they tried to leave the country with 33 Haitian children.

U.S. officials have met with the detained Baptists.

"American diplomats have visited the detained Americans and are in communication with Haitian authorities," said the embassy in a statement.

"As always, US Embassy officials will take all appropriate steps to ensure the well-being of US citizens detained abroad."

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Haitians are still scrambling to find food 7and shelter nearly three weeks after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated the country.

The United Nations World Food Program created 16 food distribution centers for "women only," saying men were jostling their way past women and children to the front of the lines.

The chaos in Haiti continued to worsen over the weekend as the U.S. military halted medical evacuations over a dispute with hospitals in the United States.

"Apparently, some states were unwilling to accept the entry of Haitian patients for follow-on critical care," said U.S. Transportation Command spokesman Captain Kevin Aandahl. "Without a destination to fly to, we can't move anybody."

U.S. officials and aid groups said they were working around the clock to try to reopen hospitals and clinics in Haiti.



[Edited on 1/31/2010 by geordielad]

 

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  posted on 1/31/2010 at 08:08 PM
I've been following the story and I have to agree that on the face of it, they were way out of line and showed an amazing arrogance in doing what they did. I have no doubt they had good intentions, however the world is not theirs to 'save' at will. I'm waiting for more of the story to unfold.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2010 at 08:10 PM
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I've been following the story and I have to agree that on the face of it, they were way out of line and showed an amazing arrogance in doing what they did. I have no doubt they had good intentions, however the world is not theirs to 'save' at will.
Amen.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2010 at 09:44 PM
Here's another article on the topic. I just can't figure out what in the world they were thinking.....not needing permission to take a child from Haiti? Oh my.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 02:02 PM
Not looking too good for these folks today judging by the news on television. Anyone else heard anything?

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 03:38 PM
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I've been following the story and I have to agree that on the face of it, they were way out of line and showed an amazing arrogance in doing what they did. I have no doubt they had good intentions, however the world is not theirs to 'save' at will. I'm waiting for more of the story to unfold.

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 09:25 PM
I saw a CNN report on this tonight. Seems like 16 or so of the "orphans" had parents who willingly gave them up to the group for hopes of a better life. This does not excuse the arrogance/ignorance of the group for not following procedures. The report also said the group may be extradited to the US for prosecution since the Haitian legal system is in shambles.

I don't think the group had bad motives. Maybe a fine that fllows to Haiti would be an appropriate sentence.

 
 


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