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Underreported: Haiti's Children

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Before last month’s earthquake, Haiti’s children were at risk of indentured servitude and sex trafficking. On this week’s Underreported, Caryl M. Stern, president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and Manuel Fontaine, a UNICEF Representative in Algeria and child protection expert who is currently on mission with UNICEF in Haiti, join us for a look at why Haiti’s children were vulnerable before last month’s earthquake and what kind of efforts are underway to protect them as the country tries to rebuild.

Guests:

Manuel Fontaine, and Caryl M. Stern,

Comments [2]

john from office

Len, Black social workers in the staes will not allow white families to adopt African American Children, citing the different cultures.

Feb. 04 2010 01:39 PM
Paul I. Adujie from New York, New York

I listened to this yesterday and I was delighted at the mere fact that... this controversy got some attention... thoughtful attention.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/tellmemore/2010/02/haiti_halts_removal_of_orphans.html?sc=nl&cc=tmmb-20100203

It is a complex issue... some have tried to oversimplify the fate of Haitian children in the aftermath of the earthquake devastation.

One of your guest's comment resonated well with me... as when she asked... what would we, in America do, if there was such calamity here and outsiders, with myriad intentions, come into the United States post-catastrophe, just simply grab "available" kids and make a run for the border.

There are good people with honorable and decent intentions. BUT, we must as well recognize that there are evil people in the world, who would exploit others... exploit the defenseless children and they would take advantage of the parlous situation in Haiti... and engage in lawlessness including human/child-trafficking and child-abuse etc

There are some who are exploiting the Haitian cataclysmic incident for pecuniary benefits etc.

Needfully, all activities which are currently going on in Haiti require our continued attention and scrutinies as well.

Feb. 04 2010 11:56 AM

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