Ten United States Baptists arrested trying to take thirty-three children out of earthquake-shattered Haiti say they were just trying to do the right thing.Every news story I see or hear about this just astonishes me. How anyone, any organisation, could think they didn't require permission to remove other people's children from their home country, even in the aftermath of the devastation Haiti has suffered, boggles me.
The orphanage where the children were later taken said at least some of the kids have living parents, who were apparently told the children were going on an extended holiday from the post-quake misery.
The church group's mission statement said it planned to spend only hours in the devastated capital, quickly identifying children without immediate families and then taking them by bus to a hotel in the Dominican Republic without permission from the Haitian Government...
There are many many agencies doing great work in Haiti, but it doesn't sound like this is one of them.