Trying NOT to form conclusions here:
Ten U.S. Baptists detained trying to take 33 children out of earthquake-shattered Haiti without government permission say they were just trying to do the right thing, applying Christian principles to save Haitian children.
But their “Orphan Rescue Mission” is striking nerves in a country that has long suffered from child trafficking and foreign interventions, and where much of the aid is delivered in ways that challenge Haiti’s own rich religious traditions.
The orphanage where the children were later taken said some of the kids have living parents, who were apparently told the children were going on a holiday from the post-quake misery.
“One (8-year-old) girl was crying, and saying, ‘I am not an orphan. I still have my parents.’ And she thought she was going on a summer camp or a boarding school or something like that,” Willeit said. (read the rest here)
The pastor is saying that his group had nothing to do with trafficking – that I can believe, but the church group is clearly in error. (He, of course, applies the error somehow to Satan). I suspect and hope that this was an innocent attempt to bring hope in the midst of devastation.
Considering the loss of life, it is possible that when the children start screaming about living parents, the church group considered them hysterical.
Continue to pray for the children of Haiti.