BBC News Reports:
Close to the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Noel Orphanage still stands, until recently housing about 100 children and disabled adults.
Some would be better off dead”
Noel Orphanage worker
Toddlers lie in rows of plastic cots; one blind infant rocks herself repeatedly, simulating the affection that a parent would normally give.
In the rooms, the floor is made of concrete. There are no toys. Outside resembles a stable, with mud everywhere.
One eight-year-old girl explains she has no mother. Her father is alive, but he is not ready to care for her.
In another room, a group of older children and young adults with mild-to-moderate disabilities sit. The stench from the room resembles a farm yard; the conditions are barely suitable for animals.
They have nothing to do, but sit in this room.
The manager of Noel refused to talk, but a worker who did not want to be identified said: “Some here are just waiting to die. In fact some would be better off dead”.