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Mexico Vows Lifetime Aid to Kin of Kids Killed in Daycare Fire
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July 21, 2010

Mexico City – The Mexican government on Tuesday decreed “lifetime aid” for the mothers of the children who died and were injured in the June 2009 fire that claimed the lives of 49 youngsters at a daycare center in the northern city of Hermosillo.

A note in the official gazette says the aid will go to the children who were injured, the mothers of the children who died and were injured and to the teachers and other adults who were affected by the tragedy, but it does not mention specific amounts.

The June 5, 2009, fire in Hermosillo began in a warehouse belonging to the Sonora state government and spread to the ABC day care facility, packed with more than 100 children at the time.

Kids who survived the blaze “are subject to living under special conditions, such as the constant need for air conditioning with an eye toward facilitating their rehabilitation and the impossibility of their attending ordinary schools,” the government decree notes.

In some cases, “the mothers of these children have had to modify or set aside their work activities, so that they can devote themselves up to full time to the care and rehabilitation of their children,” the document adds.

For that reason, the authorities approved aid for the education of the injured children so that they can continue their studies from grade school through college at “any public or private educational institution” in Mexico.

The government will also offer a subsidy to pay for electricity in the homes of the injured children or adults “during the time that, by medical prescription, they may require the use of equipment for the necessary care of their health.”

For their part, the parents of the children who died or were injured will receive a lifetime stipend for medical attention.

The ABC facility was operated by a private firm under a contract with Mexico’s IMSS social services agency, which agreed last year to cover the hospital and rehabilitation costs of the children and adults affected by the tragedy and the costs of the funerals of those who lost their lives.

In addition, the Sonora state government and the IMSS Foundation created a trust to provide support and cover the costs of the children’s maintenance and education.

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