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22/01/2010

Haïti. Adoption: une quinzaine d'enfants ont "disparu" d'hôpitaux (Unicef)

Haitian orphans who are about to be transported to France for adoption are seen at a French military field hospital.jpgUne quinzaine d'enfants ont disparu d'hôpitaux après le séisme qui a frappé Haïti, a annoncé vendredi le Fonds des Nations unies pour l'enfance (Unicef), qui prévient que les réseaux de traite des enfants en lien avec "le marché de l'adoption" s'activent après les catastrophes.

 

"Nous avons pour l'instant des informations sur, disons, à peu près 15 enfants ayant disparu d'hôpitaux et cela avec des personnes qui ne sont pas de leur famille", a indiqué Jean-Luc Legrand, conseiller régional de l'Unicef, lors d'un point de presse à Genève.

"La situation de la traite des enfants en Haïti existait déjà avant la catastrophe et malheureusement, les réseaux de traite ont des liens avec le marché de l'adoption internationale", a-t-il expliqué.

"Nous avions déjà fait cette expérience lors du tsunami : ces réseaux s'activent immédiatement lors d'une catastrophe et utilisent la faiblesse de l'Etat, la faiblesse de la coordination des acteurs sur le terrain pour enlever des enfants et les faire sortir du pays", a ajouté M. Legrand.

Le Point. Tribune de Genève. Le Soir. 22.01.2010.

 

Children missing from Haiti hospitals: UNICEF

 

GENEVA -- Children have gone missing from hospitals in Haiti since the devastating earthquake struck, raising fears of trafficking for adoption abroad, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday.

"We have documented let's say around 15 cases of children disappearing from hospitals and not with their own family at the time," said UNICEF adviser Jean Luc Legrand.

"UNICEF has been working in Haiti for many years and we knew the problem with the trade of children in Haiti which existed already beforehand, and unfortunately many of these trade networks have links with the international adoption ‘market'," Mr. Legrand explained.

The agency underlined that it had warned countries during the past week not to step up adoptions from Haiti in the immediate wake of the quake.

Several are fast-tracking adoption procedures already under way, including Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States.

Mr. Legrand said the situation was similar to the aftermath of the tsunami in Asia five years ago.

Trafficking networks were springing into action immediately after the disaster and taking advantage of the weakness of local authorities and relief coordination "to kidnap children and get them out of the country," Mr. Legrand told journalists.

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that child enslavement and trafficking in Haiti was "an existing problem and could easily emerge as a serious issue over the coming weeks and months."

The UN mission in Haiti has stepped up surveillance of roads, UNICEF officials said.

Mr. Legrand said there was separate but only anecdotal evidence of people taking children by road to the neighbouring Dominican Republic and planes loading children before they left the airport.

"We have seen over the last years many children being taken out of the country without any legal procedure. This is going on, this is happening now, and we are starting to have the first evidence of that, this is unquestionable," he claimed.

He was unable to give details on the 15 missing children or their condition, or clearly connect the anecdotal observations in Haiti's chaos with trafficking.

The cases were documented by social workers and by partner non-governmental organisations working for UNICEF in hospitals.

National Post Canada. 22.01.2010.

 

- Orphelins haïtiens : priorité à la protection des enfants plutôt qu'à leur adoption
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- Haïti:  'Adoption Not the Best Choice for Quake Orphans'
Thirty-three children from Haiti arrived in France to adoptive parents Friday evening, as charities and international organisations differed on whether adoptions should be speeded up or halted while the search for relatives continues.
IPS | 23.01.2010.

 

- Haiti earthquake: charities warn against rush to speed adoptions
Children's charities have voiced fears for the safety of thousands of orphans after Western nations began speeding up adoption procedures in the wake of the Haiti earthquake.
Telegraph.co.uk | 22.01.2010


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