Seven people are dead and five are in critical condition after a bus carrying tourists and local residents crashed in Cuba, according to The Associate Press.Cuban state media has reported the bus was carrying 18 Cubans, and 22 tourists from Canada, Holland, France, Mexico, and Great Britain.The victims names have not been released.The bus crashed Thursday afternoon on a road between the cities of Barcoa and Guantanamo. The driver told Radio Guantanamo that he lost control on the wet and winding road.Cuban highways are quite narrow, poorly lit and are not well maintained. Last year there were 750 deaths and nearly 8,000 injuries in the country.Thursday’s deadly crash was the fourth major bus accident in a month.
One woman sent there as a teenager in the early 1970s describes her first memory of the main living room, where girls were locked in unsupervised.“There were no toys, there were no books, there was nothing in this room except for just girls slumped around and girls weeing in the corner because nobody would dare knock on the door because you would be injected if you knocked on the door,” she recalls.“When I looked round there were girls sitting there and they were slumped over in chairs.“Their arms were just over the side of the chairs.“All the dribble was coming – I thought they were dead, it frightened the life out of me.”Of the few she remembers walking around, one desperately needed to use the lavatory.“[Another] girl said ‘Don’t knock on the door, If you knock on that door you know what happens’,” she explains.“So she stood in the corner and wet herself.“One girl did knock on the door, and this other girl pushed me down in a seat. I sat there. I was too scared to move, blink, do anything … some ladies came in … they put her on the floor. Then Miss Law came in with another lady and they started putting injections in her.” They looked like zombies, but then, thinking about it, I must have been one of those girls because I can’t remember anything [after this]. I must have been sat there, dribbling in a chairFormer resident Bishop Langstaff said: “We are very grateful to all of the women who courageously came forward to tell their stories, and we recognise how challenging that was.“The Diocese would like to thank all of the former residents who have participated and we apologise unreservedly to them for the hurt and distress caused to them.”The Bishop of Dover, the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott, of Canterbury Diocese, added: “[This] makes for difficult but essential reading. Bishop James and I are hugely grateful to the women who have come forward for their courage in sharing their stories.“They have done this so that we may learn the lessons of the past and we want to assure them that we have fully resolved to do so.“I would like to echo Bishop James’ apology to them for the pain they have suffered.” She adds: “They looked like zombies, but then, thinking about it, I must have been one of those girls because I can’t remember anything [after this].“I must have been sat there, dribbling in a chair. I can remember the first day, but I can’t remember any other day.”Another, who was just nine when she was sent to Kendall House, adds: “When I look back on it we all were quite ‘zombiefied’.“Being young girls … you know, you play games or you do this or you do that, or you have conversations and laughs and things like that – that never happened, we’d all be just really sullen.”The women describe lining up at mealtimes for “vitamin” tablets as well as being injected directly, leaving them either heavily sedated, slumping over their books in lessons, or even unconscious.One recalls: “You’d go into the office and they’d say ‘You’ve had an argument with blah, blah, blah, and whatever, we feel you need to calm down so we’re going to give you this medication to calm you down a little bit’ and boom, that was it.” Former residents of a notorious children’s home where vulnerable girls were drugged and abused in the 1970s and 1980s have vividly described growing up in a world of “zombies” and terrifying psychedelic visions.The women, who spent part of their childhood at Kendall House, a former Church of England facility in Gravesend, Kent, revealed memories of being placed naked in straitjackets, injected with heavy sedatives which often left them “out cold” and dunked under ice-cold water as a punishment.A report published by the Church earlier this year detailed how residents were drugged – including for experimental purposes – raped and physically abused for almost 20 years between 1967 and its closure in 1986. I did some really weird things, my body was doing some weird things, my body was jerking … my arm was just doing its own thingFormer resident Others gave startling description of what they could remember of being drugged.“I saw things, Oh my God, did I see things,” one recalls. “I saw bloody triangles or wings flying around.“At one stage I remember completely and utterly freaking out. I woke up to what I can only describe as millions of ants all over the bed, all up the bloody walls, there were ants everywhere.“There was something in that room and there were things like triangles or wings flying around … I don’t know what they’d given me to make me hallucinate but I was hallucinating something and I tell you what, it was bloody scary.”Another adds: “My brain was sitting there thinking of what I was saying but what was coming out of my mouth was a totally different thing.“I did some really weird things, my body was doing some weird things, my body was jerking … my arm was just doing its own thing.“I couldn’t control what my body, bits of my body were doing, like my leg would keep lifting without any effort from me whatsoever, I couldn’t control it. I felt like I was itching all the time. I had this really severe itch but it wasn’t an itch, like if you are bitten by a mosquito and you can itch it, it was like under my skin itching’.” The Bishop of Dover, the Rt Rev Trevor WillmottCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA The current Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev James Langstaff, in whose diocese the home was, apologised to the women for their treatment under the care of the authoritarian superintendent called Doris Law, who has since died.Now a follow-up report, detailing the memories of four other women not part of the original review, has been published by the dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury describing new allegations of rape, humiliation, physical and psychological abuse.It paints a graphic picture of life inside the home where children as young as nine were routinely drugged, locked in solitary confinement and forced to endure unusual punishments such as being forced to wear nightdresses for weeks at a time for minor infringements of rules. I saw … triangles or wings flying around. At one stage I remember completely and utterly freaking out. I woke up to what I can only describe as millions of ants all over the bed, all up the wallsFormer Kendall House resident The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev James LangstaffCredit:John Stillwell/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.