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Orphans

By WimdeVos  
Last week on location in a orphanage somewhere in Port Au Prince.

Haiti is a country of children. Half the population is under 18 years old. And since the earthquake, it seems kids are everywhere carrying water buckets, pushing wheelbarrows full of rubble, flying kites and playing with toy cars amid the tents that are now homes.

There also are many children who are alone, orphaned since the Jan. 12 quake that killed more than 200,000.

Port-au-Prince was home to a considerable orphan population before the earthquake hit last January, turning Haiti's capital into a wasteland. While some children had been placed in orphanages because their parents had died, many others are brought to orphanages by their families because disease or poverty left them unable to care for their children.

Now, orphanage owners and missionaries say the number of unwanted children is sure to skyrocket as thousands of Haitian parents come to grips with being stripped of the few resources they had.



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Tags: Photo journalism Earthquake Orphan Haiti Landscape and travel Portraits and people Orphans Port au prince

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Iain_Proudfoot 15 40 2 Ireland
11 Mar 2010 3:58PM
A great photograph.

Regards, Iain.
GregorP 17 4 Slovenia
12 Mar 2010 9:20AM
Beautiful shot...

Gregor

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