THEY are orphaned,
terrified and hungry –
a lost generation facing
fresh peril last night as
a PARADISE for
The U.K. Sun
January 28th, 2010.
Babies and toddlers were among
dazed kiddies being plucked by
brutes from the rubble of
Even those praying for sanctuary
at medical centres set up in the
stricken Caribbean nation were
not safe –
as aid workers warned child-trafficking
gangs had sprung up across the
Fifteen being treated were revealed
to have been snatched by men later
found not to be relatives.
The alert came as sobbing
Darlene Etienne, 17,
was pulled dehydrated from the
rubble of her school –
FIFTEEN days after the quake.
A rescuer said:
“It’s a miracle.”
While she at least was safe,
UN teams yesterday raced to find
children being preyed on amid
the ruins –
as an official told how the quake
chaos that killed up to 300,000
was being exploited for evil.
Unicef’s Kent Page said grimly:
“As well as the health concerns
and malnutrition concerns,
we are now concerned unaccompanied
children will be exploited by
unscrupulous people who may wish
to traffic them for adoption,
the sex trade or
US troops beefed up security at
the docks after reports children
were being smuggled out to sea.
As photographer Scott Hornby
and I yesterday wandered the streets
around Independent Square –
near Port-au-Prince’s collapsed
Presidential Palace –
we found dozens
of orphaned children.
Despite their trauma,
they were all having to fend for
themselves by the roadside.
was being looked after
by three other kids,
two aged only three and five,
as they all begged for “cocoa”.
Justina Ndova, 31 –
living under a makeshift
canopy nearby – said:
“They have been hanging
around for days.
“They have been crying and
don’t know where their mama is.”
A truck doling out water sparked
a scramble by dozens of thirsty
and starving children.
Among them was sad-eyed Ciclant,
who did not know his surname.
Older kids described him
as just a “stray dog”.
We alerted aid workers to another
three-year-old – Pierre.
He was lying half naked in the
road and sobbing for his “mama”.
Marianne Aurile, a Haitian working
at one of 13 tent cities for young
quake victims set up by
Save The Children, said:
“There are so many
it is hard to cope.
“It is like the Pied Piper has
come and taken all the children
from everywhere –
and then left them here alone.
“But there was no Pied Piper,
just this terrible earthquake.”
Not all are orphans.
“Mothers are leaving their
children here so they’ll be
safe and survive.
Save The Children’s Kate Conradt
told how a MILLION kids had
“They are extremely vulnerable.”
Children make up 45 per
cent of Haiti’s population.
Many who cheated death in
the huge quake are among the
most traumatised survivors.
The battle by aid medics to
fast-track treatment for as many
as possible has seen amputees
with no homes to go to released
from field hospitals with first aid kits.
amid the UN’s bungled relief effort –
Haiti’s first lady
Elisabeth Delatour Preval begged
the world to do more for them.
unless they get help,
they will have lost their childhoods,
It is them we must go to first.”
Aid workers at last began to
compile a registry of “lost children”
Unicef staff trawling the streets
assigned each child they found
A similar registry helped unite
children with their families after
Indonesia’s 2004 tsunami.
Those who are alone were
being taken to orphanages –
as Haiti temporarily halted
Government spokeswoman Marie
Laurence Jocelyn-Lassegue said:
“Some children –
we don’t know if the
parents are alive or not.
We must not rush this in an effort
to take these children to safety.”
Yesterday the UN admitted it had
fed only a quarter of the two million
starving in Haiti.
The World Health Organisation
begged for more medics –
including rehab experts to help
the 200,000 who have undergone
amputations or other surgery.
The plea came as a body found
in the ruins of the UN’s
Port-au-Prince HQ was confirmed
to be that of employee Ann Barnes,
originally from Leigh-on-Sea
Her cousin Christine Hart,
said in Hornchurch in Essex:
“It is the news we feared most.”
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