Worries are rising among anxious would-be adoptive parents about the fate of Haiti’s orphans. Some 50,000 were thought to be living in homes when the earthquake hit. Nearly 1000 of them were in the process of being adopted by US families, with a further 1500 matched with European families, mostly in France and the Netherlands.
“We were able to get a little bit of macaroni today from little general stores that are around us. Water is going to become an issue. Diesel fuel is going to become an issue, so we’re just taking it day by day at this point,” says Laurie Bickel of the Littlest Angels orphanage.
Several humanitarian groups in Florida are planning an airlift of hundreds if not thousands of children to the USA, just like the “Operation Pedro Pan” evacuation from Cuba of 14,000 children 50 years ago.
Orphans have the toughest chances of survival in this catastrophe, with no families and few people to care for them.