Berbice orphanage being probed over sex abuse allegations

Following the allegation by a 14-year-old that he was sexually abused by a care giver at the Berbice Anjuman Orphanage in New Amsterdam, five boys were removed from the institution and are now in the custody of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA).

A statement from the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security announced the children’s removal from the home after the child had made the allegation to his parent.

The report was received at the CC&PA on May 28, and the agency, the statement said, removed the boys to facilitate an investigation. Stabroek News understands that the 14-year-old fled the orphanage and reported the alleged abuse to his mother, who immediately contacted the authorities. The child also alleged that the five other boys may have suffered a similar fate and this resulted in them being moved into protective care.

It is hoped that trust would be developed between the children and their caregivers and they would open up about the incident. The accused person was arrested by the police but released after the mandatory 72 hours a person can legally be held in custody without the intervention of the court expired but police are continuing their investigation.

Reports indicated that the persons in charge of the orphanage are cooperating fully in the investigation.

More in Local News


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. Back in court: In this Keno George composite photo, Barry Dataram (left) and his wife Anjanie Boodnarine at court yesterday to answer three charges including fleeing the jurisdiction.

    Dataram to serve eight years in jail after guilty plea to new charges

  2. Yansen Brusche

    Ulverston mom of four stabbed to death by children’s father

  3. Ameer Abdool Subrati

    Man dies after bandits target overseas-based couple at Herstelling

  4. US Ambassador Perry Holloway and Finance Minister Winston Jordan shake hands after the signing of the agreement yesterday.

    Guyana inks pact for reporting to IRS on holdings of US citizens

  5. Updated: Man dies after bandits attack overseas-based Guyanese at Herstelling

  6. Barry Dataram

    Datarams getaway passports had been issued to other people

  7. Bharrat Jagdeo

    Crime has never been this bad – Jagdeo

  8. Cops grilling taxi driver after passenger robbed of $6M on seawall

  9. The ganja found in Prashad Nagar (Police photo)

    Police find 52 lbs of ganja in Prashad Nagar house

Recommended For You