Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tsunami Team Seek Relatives of Lost Children

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tsunami Team Seek Relatives of Lost Children

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Byline: Martin Bentham in Port-au-Prince

A TEAM who successfully reunited families during the Indonesian tsunami five years ago has flown into Port-au-Prince to trace the relatives of thousands of abandoned children. Staff of Save The Children and Unicef will scour Haiti to find grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members who can care for children orphaned or separated by the earthquake.

They will also try to discover if parents of other unaccompanied children are still alive. Up to 500,000 Haitian children have been orphaned, separated from their families or left without one of their parents. The UN has described the aftermath as a "children's emergency".

As part of the programme, 15 injured children were today recovering in a "safe haven" after being rescued from a hospital amid fears that they were about to be ejected on to the streets after receiving treatment for wounds sustained in the earthquake. Jon Bugge, of Save The Children, said that a database of unaccompanied children was being set up. …

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