Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, Kirk Humphrey, listens attentively to Director of the Child Care Board, Roseann Richards, during a press briefing to launch Child Month 2022. (GP)

Any child in Barbados whether Barbadian, Haitian, or other nationality that is in the island legally or illegally, and is in need of support will get that support.

This assurance was given by Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, Kirk Humphrey, as he addressed 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 questions from the media in relation to a group of Haitians, including children, being stranded in Barbados.

“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,” the Minister stated.

He added that if a situation presented where the children were not accommodated, then the relevant agencies would step in to assist.

Mr. Humphrey stressed that the children, nor the adults were in Barbados illegally, and would be treated no differently than if they were from another nation.

“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.

julia.rawlins-bentham@barbados.gov.bb

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