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Sat Feb 15, 2020, 01:51 AM

Fifteen children have died in Haiti after a fire swept through an orphanage on the outskirts of the

Source: BBC

6:00 pm today

Fifteen children have died in Haiti after a fire swept through an orphanage on the outskirts of the capital.

The Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding in Haiti where a fire killed 15 children. Photo: AFP

The cause of the fire was being investigated, but reports citing staff and children said candles were being used instead of electricity.

The orphanage, run by a US-based Christian group, was one of hundreds in Haiti operating without official authorisation.

Authorities are now working to support and re-house the surviving children.

Arielle Jeanty Villedrouin, director of the Institute for Social Welfare, said that, at the time of the fire, about 60 children were living in the unlicensed orphanage, operated by the Pennsylvania-based Church of Bible Understanding.

Read more: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/409611/haiti-15-children-killed-in-fire-at-unlicensed-orphanage

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Sat Feb 15, 2020, 01:52 AM

1. 13 children die in fire at Haitian orphanage run by controversial Pennsylvania nonprofit

FEBRUARY 14, 2020

The disaster occurred at a group home run by The Church of Bible Understanding, an often-scrutinized organization based in Scranton
Allie Miller HeadshotBY ALLIE MILLER
PhillyVoice Staff

A Pennsylvania nonprofit group's orphanage in Haiti caught fire, killing 13 children who lived there on Thursday night.

Child care workers and employees at the orphanage told the Associated Press on Friday the fire had started the night before at the facility in Kenscoff, a mountainous region south of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Prior to the fire, they said, the orphanage had been using candles inside for light.

There were varying reports about ages of the children who died. One orphanage employee said about half of the children were ages 10 or 11, and the rest were toddlers or infants. A doctor at the hospital where the children were transported described the victims as between 3 and 18 years old, the AP reported.

The 13 children were carried out of the building, but the rescue workers arrived lacked the resources to save them or take them to a hospital in time. Two other bodies are believed to remain in the building.

The home was operated by Scranton-based nonprofit The Church of Bible Understanding, which runs two orphanages in Haiti that house nearly 200 children. Since 1977, the group has had a presence in the Caribbean country, often calling their charity operations "Christian training programs."

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The Church of Bible Understanding funds its orphanages with revenue from high-end antique stores in New York and Los Angeles.


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!. Church of Bible Understanding.

This cult was started in New York in 1971 as 'The Forever Family' by a fundamentalist Pentecostal Christian and vacuum cleaner repair man, Stewart Traill, who had been expelled from the Pentecostal Church. He claims to be a reincarnation of Elijah, to know the exact date of the 'Second Coming' and to possess a unique ability to understand the true meaning of the word of God. Members were required to live in a commune and donate 90% of their earnings to the cult. All aspects of members lives are carefully controlled by a process of harsh criticism and public humiliation.

The cult branched out into the carpet cleaning business, with "Christian Brothers Carpet Cleaning", and used van sales. As part of President Bush's 'Faith Based Initiatives' the cult is reported to receive US Federal Government funding for a 'mission' in Haiti where it indoctrinates Haitian children in return for food and clothing.

Stewart Traill is reputed to have amassed a considerable fortune.


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Sat Feb 15, 2020, 02:03 AM

2. kick for exposure

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Sat Feb 15, 2020, 09:45 AM

3. Unlicensed Orphanage

Haiti has so long suffered at the hands of kleptocrats, there is near-nothing for its most vulnerable children.

“In Haiti, one percent own 99 percent of the property.” — Jean Bertrand Aristide

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