Last spring break (09) I went to Ain Leuh, Morocco to spend a week working with a non-profit called The Village of Hope (http://www.voh-ainleuh.org/), along with 20 students from the Navigators Christian fellowship at NYU. Please see my blog entry on my time in Morocco here: How He Loves Us. The mission of the Village of Hope is "to establish a home for orphaned and unwanted children up to the age of 18 years. The facility will become a permanent home for the children. We will seek to provide these children with food, clothing, shelter, and personal care by adult foster parents." These foster parents, ten couples who come from all over the world, commit to spending 18 years at this small village in the Atlas Mountains, raising these 33 children as their own. As of today, they have been kicked out of the village and the country by the Moroccan government, leaving these children parentless, indefinitely.
Please review the press release below.
MOROCCAN AUTHORITIES INVADE CHILDREN’S ORPHANAGE – EXPEL PARENTS FROM COUNTRYOn Monday, March 8th, Moroccan authorities raided Village of Hope (VOH), a children’s home in the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco, originally founded by two Americans in 1957 as a home for orphaned children. The authorities arrived during the school day, entered the classrooms and told the adopted children their parents are being told to leave the country and will be leaving the children behind.In the ensuing chaos, officials told the parents at VOH that they are being expelled from the country because they have been talking to their children about Christianity.In 2002, the Village of Hope registered with the Moroccan government as an official Christian organization and received permission to talk about Christianity to the children in their care. Under the Moroccan government, it is illegal for anyone to talk about their Christian faith without first being asked. In the case of these parents, they had gotten permission to do so from the government.As the secret police raided VOH, children cried out hysterically for their parents who were being forced to board a bus to the airport 30 minutes after receiving this news. The authorities are not allowing the parents to take any of the children with them which leaves behind 33 children who were in their care.The staff at Village of Hope had moved there to dedicate their lives to adopting unwanted and orphaned children. In Morocco, it is only legal for Muslims to adopt children so the parents were acting as “foster parents” but in actuality the children considered them to be their parents.The staff were told this directive came from the new Minister of Justice for Morocco, Mohammed Naciri.Contact from Village of Hope: Chris Broadbent, 212 650 731 307 firstname.lastname@example.org
These children's parents have been taken away from them by the Moroccan government. Please, please do your part to spread the word about this injustice. Feel free to link to my blog, copy my post or the press release, and get the word out HOWEVER you can. We cannot let these precious children become orphans, again.
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