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The Independent - United Kingdom | 27/01/2010

Haiti's orphans need their community

The earthquake in Haiti has made orphans of thousands of children. While many people in Western countries are ready to adopt children who now find themselves alone, losing their homeland could be the next tragedy for the new orphans, The Independent warns: "A Plan International survey of eight to18-year-olds from southern Asia who had survived the Boxing Day tsunami, found respondents feared being relocated away from their village after this horrendous disaster. This study shows that removing children from their communities, even in situations as grave as the tsunami, risks increasing their distress in a situation which is already very confusing and harrowing for them. All the evidence shows that the best interests of the child are served by keeping them in their community where they are known and can be cared for."

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