The 33 Children taken by the Baptist Group in Haiti are being reunited with their families. In earlier reports it was thought that the children were all orphans. But it looks like some of the children are not orphans at all. Many of the children said that they had parents, so the current group caring for the children are searching for the parents. Some of the parents have already started coming in to reclaim their children.
The children were picked up last week by a Baptist group called New Life Children’s Refuge (based out of Idaho). They tried to take the 33 children across the border to the Dominican Republic to establish an orphanage. They were arrested at the border.
Laura Silsby, head of New Life Children’s Refuge, told the AFP that the group’s aims were entirely altruistic. She told the AFP that “We came here literally to just help the children. Our intentions were good … We wanted to help those who lost parents in the quake or were abandoned.”
It is still unclear what the charges will be for the Baptist Group. They are currently being detained and may face a charge of criminal conspiracy in Haiti as well as possible charges of kidnapping minors and child-trafficking. It is also unclear what the US will do and how they will get involved. At this point, US consular has visited the Americans and given them food.
There is more to come on this story, so stay tuned.
– Baptist Group arrested for trying to take 33 Children out of Haiti
– New Life Children’s Refuge Haitian Orphan Rescue Mission
– *** NEW UPDATE *** Baptist Group in Haiti has been charged with Child Kidnapping
Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti.