Dear blog readers,
Before you go on to read the further explanation, which was carefully stated by a good friend of mine who has the authority and knowledge to speak on the matter, it is vital that you understand two things.
1. There is a lot more to the story than should be told here, for the sake of legal strategy. I won’t be able to answer the questions that will most likely be raised in your mind.
2. Legal strategies are being and will be pursued. I hate like anything to sound so patronizingly school-marmish, but this time, because of what’s at stake, I urge you to refrain from publicly suggesting any possible legal strategies, either here or in other public forums. There are many eyes reading this blog now, and not all of them are friendly. This was our only hesitation in publishing further details about the situation.
The reason we are providing this explanation is to prevent you from thinking that all the progress that has been made so far has been pointless.
God is on His throne, and our hope is in Him and in Him alone!
“The former director was dismissed by the now-former minister of health in December 2011. The stated motives for her dismissal were to a large degree formal – and only the tip of the iceberg! – 1. That she had not appointed a general practitioner to each child in the institution; 2. That the children had not undergone annual dental check ups; and 3. That the children did not have individualized activity plans for their development and treatment. From the three stated violations, the court upheld only the second one and acknowledged that the institution did indeed not have a dentist appointed on its staff.
The position which a local non-governmental organization, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, sent to the minister of healthcare, the chair of the State Child Protection Agency and the media stated the non-governmental organization’s concern that the motives for which the former director was dismissed in December 2011 were “inadequate,” and reiterated the findings of the state agencies that had established a large number of deaths, gross neglect, and undernourishment. It stressed that that the situation of the children was not due to their ‘disabilities’, as we have been told too many times, but due to lack of proper care, and the growth spurts that the children experienced during the first months after finding their families is proof of that.
The statement further reiterated the findings of the non-governmental organization and Toni Vladimirova’s signal to the authorities from January 2012 with findings of feeding the children with beer bottles with huge openings leading to frequent chokings, the bad quality food they received, the feeding in the cribs, lack of rehabilitation, etc. etc. It also reiterated the findings of the child protection agency that gave the first push for the director’s dismissal back in December 2011. Finally, the statement appeals to the authorities that should the director be reinstated, they should reconsider the possibility for her to continue to hold her position, as her return would constitute a serious risk for the health and life of the children placed there.
As Toni said, the relevant governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations are on board and acting.
Please pray that the prosecution finds enough evidence to bring those responsible for the deaths of the children in the institution to justice. That is the only way that they can be held responsible for their acts and not have children entrusted to their care ever again.”
Before we were hit head-on with the bad news yesterday, I was preparing to tell you about a long list of the marvelous acts of God that we are witnessing right now. Look for several joyful posts, coming very soon, if the Lord wills!