ITALY: Nobody's Children

The Italian, as folk wisdom has it, is just crazy about kids. That may be true as far as his own offspring are concerned. But when 1,500 carabinieri and policemen staged surprise raids on 286 orphanages and other children's homes throughout Rome two weeks ago, they found plenty of evidence that some bambini are not exactly coddled.

Dozens of institutions were filthy or unheated or both; many provided inadequate food and clothing. One of the worst was the Institute of Jesus the Divine Worker, where the toilets and other plumbing were out of order and the children's bed sheets had not...

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