Haiti: 15 children die in the fire of an orphanage unsafe

Haïti: 15 enfants meurent dans l’incendie d’un orphelinat insalubre

KENSCOFF | The fire of an orphanage in Haiti has caused the death of 15 children, said Friday to AFP the judge of the commune of Kenscoff, Raymonde Jean Antoine.

Two children died in the orphanage and 13 of asphyxia at the hospital of Fermathe, said the magistrate. The fire began shortly after 21: 00 local time Thursday, according to her.

“According to the statements of one of the children, the origin of the fire comes from the candles that they had lit to illuminate their rooms because of the electrical system” had “a problem”, said the judge Raymonde Jean Antoine, saying that an investigation was opened to determine the cause of the disaster and identify the persons responsible for the facility.

“Like animals,”

On Friday morning, the magistrate proceeded in the building at the conclusion of the death of the two victims, ages undetermined, while identifying the damage caused by the fire perusing the whole of the parts.

The orphanage which had on it the more the legal authorization to operate from 2013 was located in a building unsafe of two floors, with bunk beds – some in a deplorable state – crammed into small rooms, with a staircase cramped and only one exit door open, found the AFP.

“The conditions in which lived the children are really, really neglected : we see that the children lived like animals,” said the judge, Jean Antoine, adding it has ” not found the presence of fire extinguishers “.

The orphanage of the Church understanding of the Bible, located in Kenscoff, which is common on the heights of the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, home to about 66 children, according to Raymonde Jean Antoine.

Only three adults were present on the premises at the time of the tragedy.

“This centre has no authorisation to operate”, on Friday confirmed to AFP Arielle Jeanty Villedrouin, director of the haitian administration of child welfare (IBESR). “It is a centre which, I believe, gets money from the religious sector, of foreign missionaries, I don’t know exactly, but without any legality,” says Ms. Villedrouin.

Beginning in 2019, the administration had found that only 35 of 756 centres for accommodation of minors were identified through the country, had permission to operate.

In the margin of the judicial investigations underway, the public administration is working to “recover the surviving children, who are traumatized after having lived the drama, and place them at the centre of transition of the IBESR, where they will have a mentoring psycho-social,” said Ms. Villedrouin.

In 2017, Lumos, an organization created by the author of Harry Potter J. K. Rowling has revealed that at least 70 million dollars managed annually to only one-third of the orphanages in haiti. An amount estimated after the single analysis of the budget reports of foreign NGOS, the accounts of religious missions not being made available.

It is in this country that a French couple came to adopt has lost the life it has been almost three months.

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