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Nuns on the run In Africa

Two elderly Scots nuns were forced to flee Africa after being accused of cruelty to children in the orphanage they founded.

Dorothy Clark, 65, and Jane Burchill, 76, ran the Little Sisters in Jesus orphanage in central Zambia.

The country’s human rights commission are investigating, although the women deny reports that include:

• The conditions were like something out of a “concentration camp”.

• An official compared the situation to “slavery”.

• A Zambian nun said they kept their dogs well fed while orphans “starved”.

• She said they addressed the 18 orphans as “pigs” and made them work for medicine.

Sister Dorothy and the Reverend Burchill – a Scottish Episcopal Church priest – founded the orphanage in 1994 in the bush village of Fiwila, around 300 miles from capital Lusaka. It is home to five girls and 13 boys.

It was run by a charitable trust which raised funds in Scotland.

At their home in Bucksburn, Aberdeen, Sister Dorothy said: “We can’t understand what happened.”

• Full story at the Sunday Mail.

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