Because barging into a massive chaotic tragedy with no rational concept of what you are doing is just plain dumb.
DEAD LINK from Vox. Those crazy people who came down after the earthquake and were scooping up children in Haiti to be adopted.
may indeed not have been intending to traffic in third world children as sexual slaves, but wtf did they think they were up to?
At least one kid in the batch has living relatives.
Why do I suspect that at the least they were dragging them off to become properly Christian, regardless of the kids’ actual circumstances.
And now the relief folks – who certainly already had enough to do – have to deal with this new kerfluffle as well.
“Since their arrest Friday near the border, the church group has been
held inside two small concrete rooms in the same judicial police
headquarters building where ministers have makeshift offices and give disaster response briefings. They have not yet been charged.
of their lawyers said they were being treated poorly: “There is no air
conditioning, no electricity. It is very disturbing,” Attorney Jorge
Puello told the AP by phone from the Dominican Republic, where the Baptists hoped to shelter the children in a rented beach hotel.
One of the Americans, Charisa Coulter of
was being treated Monday at the University of Miami’s field hospital
near the capital’s international airport. Looking pale and speaking
with difficulty from a green Army cot, the 24-year-old Coulter said she
had either severe dehydration or the flu. A diabetic, she initially
thought her insulin had gone bad in the heat.
Two Haitian police officers stood besides the cot, guarding her.
treating me pretty good,” she said, adding that Haitian police didn’t
bring her group any food or water, but that U.S. officials have
delivered water and MREs to eat. “I’m not concerned. I’m pretty
confident that it will all work out,” she said.”
They got themselves arrested after they chose to wander mindlessly into the middle of a disaster zone, and it’s a problem that the overwhelmed local authorities don’t have electricity or air conditioning for them?
The Haitian government, the police, the US embassy folk, and the medical rescue people are now wasting their time dealing with these dickheads. Just what they needed added to the mix. I’m sorry if the lady had issues with her health, but why the f**k didn’t she just stay home?
There is a kind of willful blindness in all this. These people admit to having no expertise or experience in disaster relief, yet they still go blundering underfoot, do-gooding in the worst possible way.