Threat of orphanage closings causes outrage

  • 2003-11-13
  • By Aaron Eglitis
RIGA - After a nine-year-old boy was hospitalized for alcohol poisoning in Jurmala, on Nov. 8, authorities went to his place of residence, the Sprieditis children's home in Kemeri, to investigate. What they found was a room full of intoxicated youth partying at the institution's monthly disco.Worse, investigators discovered that children were celebrating the monthly stipend of 4.50 lats (6.9 euros) they receive from the government by spending it on alcohol.Reaction from Latvian government officials was swift and vehement.Ainars Bastiks, the special task minister for children and family affa...
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