Haitian ‘orphans’ taken by detained US missionaries had parents

Not one of 33 children a US Baptist group tried to take from Haiti in a do-it-yourself rescue mission following a devastating earthquake is an orphan.

In a visit Saturday to the slum where 13 of the children lived, parents who gave their children away confirmed that each one of the youngsters had living close family.

Their testimony echoed that of parents in the mountain town of Callabas who said on February 3 that desperation led them to hand over 20 children to the Americans.

Their stories contradict the missionaries’ still-jailed leader, Laura Silsby, who said the day after her arrest that the children were either orphans or came from distant relatives.

 

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