Giza governor dissolves board at orphanage accused of beating children

Ahram Online , Monday 4 Aug 2014

Giza governor dissolves the board of an orphanage in Giza following public outrage at a video showing the abuse of children by its manager

Makka El-Mokrama orphanage
Makka El-Mokrama orphanage (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic Gate)

Giza governor Ali Abdel-Rahman has issued orders to dissolve the board of Makaa El-Mokarama orphanage in Haram following reports of child abuse in the orphanage.

Abdel-Rahman assigned a temporary committee to manage the orphanage for three months and assigned another committee to prepare a report about the violations committed by the orphanage manager and owner.

On Sunday, a video clip emerged online showing the orphanage manager and its owner beating violently a group of children in the orphanage for disobeying his orders, creating anger among social media users.

Social media users demanded the authorities open an immediate investigation. A group of children rights activists reported the clip as well the orphanage manager to the prosecutor general.

Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali also reported the incident to the prosecutor general, giving her quick orders to transfer the children to another orphanage until the end of investigations.

The prosecutor general started investigating the incident on Sunday night. He ordered the detention of the orphanage manager for 15 days pending investigations.

In another surprise related to the orphanage, the estranged wife of the orphange manager revealed to the media that she was the one who filmed her husband while beating the children in order to expose him. Despite her first statements to Al-Ahram Arabic news website that she filmed the abuse of children by her husband two months ago, she told other newspapers and websites that she filmed it a year ago. 

Both the orphanage manager and his wife are currently being investigated. 

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