Deutsche Welle reported today that Haiti’s children are becoming one of the greatest tragedies in the aftermath of last week’s earthquake. One-hundred-fifty dollars is the going price for illegally acquiring children in Haiti’s quake zone. Without documentation and identification, these children become easy prey for human traffickers.
This comes as a blow to children who were already suffering, according to the German agency Haiti-Kinderhilfe (Help for Haiti’s Children). Before the quake, many children were sent away to stay with other families or work. Now they’re unaccounted for.
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However, despite this, the German branch of Save the Children is cautioning people not to adopt the children too fast. These would take the children from their cultural heritage and rob them of the chance of possibly be reunited with their families.
But there are still children being adopted. Within days, children from Haiti could be arriving in Germany to be adopted. Efforts are being made to avoid the dangers of the children falling victim to trafficking. According to the DW report
The Federal Office for Foreign Adoption in Bonn said it had been flooded with inquiries, but said careful checks must be made of every child and potential adoptive parents.
Dr. Unni Krishnan, a trauma expert with Plan International Germany, said that these children will need great psychological help.
Their distress is barely imaginable.
Dr. Krishnan said.
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