interestingly there seems to be two sides to this story
eleanor hall: a christian missionary group, based in the united states, says it has airlifted 300 children orphaned by the tsunami from banda aceh to jakarta, where it says they will be brought up in a christian children's home.
the group, world help, has been seeking funds for its efforts, proclaiming on its website that it's working with indonesian christians "to plant christian principles as early as possible" in the 300 children.
but since the media began making enquiries, the group has removed the appeal from it's website.
from washington, john shovelan reports that most large religiously based aid groups don't mix religion and relief.
john shovelan: world help is a small christian charity working in indonesia. unlike most religiously based aid groups, which separate humanitarian relief from their proselytising, world help has appealed for funds by characterizing post-tsunami aceh as a rare chance to win over converts to christianity.
appealing for funds for the orphans, its website said it was an opportunity to quote, "plant christian principles as early as possible."
the site also said;
excerpt from website: normally banda aceh is closed to foreigners and to the gospel, but because of this catastrophe our partners there are earning the right to be heard, and providing entrance for the gospel.
john shovelan: but that's now been removed.
the abc contacted world help, which declined to comment on this story, but the president of the group, the reverend ron vernon brewer, is quoted in the washington post
saying, "these are children who are unclaimed or unwanted. these children are going to be raised in a christian environment and that's no guarantee", he says, "they will choose to be christians."
the us state department is looking into it and spokesman richard boucher raised questions about whether the group had met international standards of attempting to reunite children with surviving members of their families.
so far from being an example of rejected charity this seems to be a case of someone forcing their beliefs on another