Christians Expelled, Forced to Abandon 33 Foster Kids in Morocco
Christian volunteers and foster parents at a Moroccan orphanage were forced to abandon dozens of children on Monday after they were accused of proselytizing.
Moroccan authorities raided Village of Hope and said they were expelling the 20 workers and parents. The 33 children who were being cared for cried out "hysterically" for their foster parents as they were left behind.
"Watching the children be told by their parents that they had to leave, that they would maybe never see them again, is the most painful thing I have ever witnessed," said Chris Broadbent of VoH....
Both the VoH 'orphanage' and the press have claimed that the VoH was started over 50 years ago by two American ladies. This is quite incorrect. These dear Christian ladies had quietly brought up their own (Moroccan) children, who had been brought to them one by one over many years by families in difficulty, on their little farm. They had no organisation behind them, and no 'grand plan'. They simply raised the children whom God gave them. They were loved and respected by their Moroccan neighbours and lived simple lives in humble circumstances, comparable to those around them. Through age and ill health they lost control of their family property (which VoH later took over), but this was never their wish as long as any of their children needed it as a home - and some, though adults, still do. What VoH has been doing there since bears little or no relationship to the American ladies' way of life. They did not solicit funds or publicise their children, and were left in peace by the authorities for the many decades of their occupancy. They would not want their names to be linked with the current increasingly politicised furore, or, indeed, with any public criticism of their adopted country, and neither do their now very adult children.