>> A day after a fire ripped through an overcrowded shelter for abused children in Guatemala, leaving at least 33 dead, criticism is mounting about conditions in the home which housed both boys and girls. Presidential spokesman Heinz Heiman saying victims of abuse were mixed in with juvenile offenders and parents alleged abuse at the center including rape and said gangs operated there.
Doctors on Thursday described their shock at the severity of the burns suffered by two dozen victims who were hospitalized, one saying it was quote, a scene from Dante. The fire broke out on Wednesday as some residents of the government-run
home for the youths allegedly set mattresses on fire.
Authorities believed the fire was triggered by some minors who had been isolated hours after an attempted escape. More than 500 minors were in the shelter, although Guatemalan media said it It's capacity was 400. Guatemala has Latin America's worst rates of child malnutrition and street gang spray on minors making it an often dangerous place to grow up.
The Central American nations published institutions are under funded wrecked by corruption and widespread overcrowding