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African Orphaned Children's Choir robbed in Chicago.


CofCC.org News Team

African orphans robbed by “African Americans.”

From Chicago Sun-Times…

As the orphans from the SIFA African Children’s Choir prepared to perform at a church in the West Side’s Lawndale neighborhood (approx. 94% Black) Sunday afternoon, someone stole “irreplaceable” items from the van the orphans tour in.

The choir had spent almost a week in Chicago when they arrived at the City of Refuge Ministries, located at 15th Street and Keeler Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood, according to SIFA founder and director Carrie Harless.

The children arrived in two vans just after 4 p.m. when, within minutes, someone broke the lock off their van and stole the backpacks of the two organization’s directors.

A GPS system, two laptop computers, a video camera, other camera equipment and the passport of one of the directors were taken from the van, Harless said, adding that the computers contained “irreplaceable” photos, sponsorship information and other information the group uses to plan their tours.

“We had been there two minutes,” Harless said. “We took the kids in to change their uniforms and when I came out to get some things from the van, somebody had busted the lock and cleaned us out.”

The California-based SIFA African Children’s Choir is made up of 20 Ugandan orphans who sing, dance and tour the U.S. with their choir to raise money for the Glory Children City Project in Masaka, Uganda, East Africa, a facility that will likely house the children and ultimately develop into a school if the funding comes through.