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"The Duchess of York bluffs her way into orphanages in Turkey


Last Edited: November 3, 2008, 8:37 am

I'm not posting the entire article hered due to graphic details given by conditions found so if you click the link be warned.  Shows a whole nother side to Fergie I was not aware of, very courageous, very selfless and humanitarian.


"Fergie undercover: The Duchess of York bluffs her way into orphanages in Turkey

By Chris Rogers

Source Daily Mail UK
Last updated at 5:24 PM on 02nd November 2008

"In a dark wig and a headscarf, the Duchess of York has bluffed her way into orphanages in Turkey. The profoundly shocking scenes she found have made her - and her daughters, who went with her - determined to fight for change.

Nothing could have prepared us for this. The member of staff had been reluctant when I asked her to unlock the door of the building. Now it was clear why.

Before us was a sea of red and blue cribs - hundreds of them. Toddlers and teenagers alike were confined, many tied by hands or ankles to the cribs' metal bars. In a far corner, one little boy peered over the edge of the 5ft-high box in which he was kept. According to staff, he was too hyperactive for a crib.

This wasn't an orphanage. This was a warehouse for abandoned children.

Two months ago, I travelled to Turkey to film a documentary about conditions inside state-run institutions for unwanted and disabled children.

It was an unusual and affecting trip. Not least because my travelling companion and fellow witness to some truly horrific scenes was the Duchess of York.

Sarah Ferguson had contacted me a few months earlier to say she had been moved by my investigations into inhumane institutions - as an ITN correspondent, I had visited and secretly filmed these bleak places across the world.

The Duchess herself has worked to improve the lives of children over the past 15 years, using funds from her commercial work and private donations to help care for children with Aids and build schools for deprived children in Africa.

Now she wanted to come with me on my next venture and lend her profile to a cause in need of exposure. More than that, her teenage daughters Beatrice and Eugenie wanted to join us for sections of the journey and all had agreed to allow ITV1's Tonight cameras to follow our progress. ..........."


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