COI appointed to investigate abuse at Orphanage, teenagers locked up for wandering

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Home_n[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Ministry of Human Service and Social Security on Monday (December 9) announced that it has appointed a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate the allegations regarding the recent arrest of the three orphaned teenagers who resided at Camal’s International Home in Corentyne, Berbice.

Management at the Home was accused of maltreatment of the three girls along with other orphans residing at the institution.

The Ministry says the COI will investigate the allegations and review the operations of the Home in accordance with the Minimum Operating Standards for Children’s Homes and Institutions.

The Commission of Inquiry consists of:

Dalgetty-Dean – Chairperson

Saudia Feroze – Member

Erma Bovell – Member

Joan Ann Edgill – Legal Counsel of the Childcare & Protection Agency

Claudia Munroe – Senior Probation & Social Services Officer

The three young women who have been locked up by the police.
The three young women who have been locked up by the police.

Hearings are said to commence shortly. It is alleged that these three girls had been locked up at the Albion Police Station since November on a charge of ‘wandering.’

According to reports, they were sentence to four years to the New Opportunity Corps (NOC). Officials at the Ministries of Human Services and Social Security and Education all claimed to have no prior knowledge of the undertaking until it was made public at the weekend.

The Child care and Protection Agency is also said to be investigating the matter.

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