Many orphanages in the impoverished Caribbean state are in poor condition. A fire in one of these accommodations has now doomed many Haitian children in their homes.

At least 15 children, including babies, were killed in a serious fire in an orphanage in Haiti. The disaster happened in Kenscoff, a suburb of the capital Port-au-Prince.

“I am deeply shaken by the death of the children in the orphanage,” President Jovenel Moïse wrote on Twitter. “I urge the relevant authorities to quickly identify the causes of this tragedy.”

Without permission

The orphanage was run by the United States Evangelical Church of Bible Understanding. There were several reports that the facility was not being run responsibly. The homeowner has had no official approval since 2013, said Kenscoff town judge Raymonde Jean Antoine.

Haiti fire in orphanage (Getty Images / AFP / C. Khanna)In the orphanage, the children lived in small rooms with bunk beds

There was only one usable exit in the run-down home, a reporter from the AFP news agency reported. The rescue workers apparently also needed more than an hour to get to the scene of the accident.

In Haiti, children are repeatedly given to orphanages by their families because they are unable to take care of them themselves. The Caribbean state is considered the poorest country in the western hemisphere.


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