From the UK media this week:
Donal MacIntyre gained access to the Kolkata orphanage of the Missionaries of Charity recently. He is an investigative reporter and documentary maker. His findings were seen in a recent documentary on UK television that I didn’t see and there is an article in the New Statesman issue that came out yesterday.
He was contacted by committed Catholics who had volunteered as workers in the orphanages. One worked in Daya Dan and could only work there for three days. She states “It was simply too distressing … We had seen the same things in Romania but couldn’t believe it was happening in a Mother Teresa home”. These Catholics had written with their concerns to Sister Nirmala, the Mother Superior but had received no response.
MacIntyre writes “I winced at the rough handling by some of the full-time staff and Missionary sisters. I saw children with their mouths gagged open to be given medicine, their hands flaying in distress, visible testimony to the pain they were in. Tiny babies were bound with cloths at feeding time … Some of the children retched and coughed as rushed staff crammed food into their mouths. Boys and girls were abandoned on open toilets for up to 20 minutes at a time. Slumped, untended, some dribbling, some sleeping, they were a pathetic sight. Their treatment was an affront to their dignity, and dangerously unhygienic.”
Footage was secretly filmed and the local police have promised to investigate. MacIntyre concludes, from personal experience, that the homes “are a disgrace to so-called Christian care and, indeed, civilised values of any kind. I witnessed barbaric treatment of the most vulnerable.”
Here’s the full text of the article in the New Statesman (other articles are available on the site):