August 30th, 2007
Categories: HOT topics

I need to take a minute before jumping into this post to scratch my head in wonder at some of the thinking that takes place in peoples’ heads, then gets written about in the news.

I don’t know about everyone else, but some things that come through to me as crystal clear and with no ambiguity seem so astonishingly simple to grasp, and I’m absolutely confounded when confronted with black and white proof that others so often miss the point completely.

Here’s my example of this for the day, a report which features the District Officer of a Social Welfare Department in Ghana demanding an orphanage be closed down.

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The facility, the Royal Seed Needy Home, is admittedly over-crowded, with 75 children packed into a four bedroom house, and most of the teaching staff uncertified, and the woman running the place … farm, school and house … has to depend on whatever funding she can raise from churches and private individuals.

“She’s trying to make it the best she can, to get more volunteers, to get more money,” said Annmarie Le Turgeon, a volunteer from England. Ms. Le Turgeon, who stays at a nearby orphanage, has visited Royal Seed at least three or four times and said it seems the owner cares immensely for the children.

Yes, life must be hard for everyone.

The Social Welfare Department guy, however, has a different take, one that strikes me as indication that he must be from out of town … or outer space.

You don’t move the children from their comfortable homes and move them to this uncomfortable place,” he said. “Royal Seed has got to go.”

Moving children from their comfortable homes?

The number of AIDS victims in Ghana has been tripling every ten years, resulting, of course, in orphans by the hundreds of thousands and significantly fewer adults available to care for them in extended family or community settings.

Social Welfare guy is welcome to take a look at the Ghana AIDS Commission report if he needs to verify the fact that there are a lot of kids in his country that have no one to look after them.

And AIDS isn’t the only orphan-maker in Africa, so even those numbers don’t add up to all the children in Ghana who are on their own.

Moving children from their comfortable homes.

That line keeps repeating on me like last night’s octopus curry, but nastier.

This will be continued in the next post, where we’ll see where the UN comes into this repulsive fiasco.

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