waregem - David Manhaeve of Belgian Waregem was very frightened when he received a striking holiday ticket from his 8-year-old son. His son was on camp at Chiro, a Christian-inspired youth movement. On the picture a group of young people were seen in underwear, blindfolded and sprayed on their knees and painted with red paint.
'In times when we constantly confront us with such images, this is sickening,' says the angry father against The Last News.
At Waregem's Chiro, they screamed for the father's reaction. According to them, the ticket shows a 'typical baptism'. On Facebook, the move made apologies. The photo will no longer be used.
'They did not keep in mind that the picture could be interpreted differently by people who do not know the context,' says Chirojeugd Vlaanderen's spokesman for Het Laatste Nieuws. 'The red paint is a symbol for their department color, not for blood. They have sent that card for a few years- until recently without complaints.'