BARBADOS- Children who need assistance, whether they are Barbados residents, Haitians, or of another nationality and have legal or illegal access to the island, will receive support.
Kirk Humphrey, Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs gave this assurance at a press briefing to launch Child Month 2022, which runs from May 1 to 31 under the theme: Nurturing Children and Strengthening Families.
He was responding to a media question regarding a group of Haitians stranded in Barbados, including children.
The Minister explained, “The Child Care Board is currently doing their investigations, thus far, the ones we found, appear to be well accommodated. But if there are children that need to be accommodated then we will do so. For now, the community has stepped forward and is offering support.”
According to him, should a situation arise where the children cannot be accommodated, the relevant agencies would step in to help.
He emphasized that neither the children nor the adults were in Barbados illegally and would be treated no differently if they were from another country.
“I can see no reason for different treatment for a Haitian visitor than for a European visitor. If there would be different treatment it would not be to the disadvantage of the Haitians,” he asserted.