By NICK LAUENHEIMBERGERThe Washington Times/Associated PressAn orphanage in Jumangon, Myanmar, has become the latest in a string of orphanages to face accusations of neglect.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare, which tracks the welfare of animals in the region, said on Monday that it has seen a “growing number of reports” of abuse, including children being neglected in Jumarong orphanage.
In August, the agency said it had received “a series of complaints of physical and sexual abuse of children in the Jumarung orphanage” and was investigating whether the orphanage’s management is failing to protect children.
It also reported that “an alarming number of orphans are being neglected, including sexually abused, beaten and abandoned.”
A spokesman for the agency, Michael G. Todashev, told the Associated Press that the orphanages are in an “unstable situation,” with some children suffering “severe psychological trauma” and others suffering “physical and sexual neglect.”
The AP has reported on several cases of abuse at orphanages across the region.