Reports from Haiti suggest that aid is now beginning to move more freely and getting into the hands of those who need it most. Among the most vulnerable, of course, are the children. UNICEF have been working in Haiti since 1949. Their spokesman Patrick McCormick spoke to euronews from New York.
We are hearing reports that there are operations underway to evacuate orphans from Haiti to the United States, and many other countries around Europe. What is the UNICEF position on that?
McCormick: Well, first of all those reports are not confirmed. Our position is quite clear. We’re in the middle of a post-disaster, search-and-rescue, saving-lives operation here. First of all we need to find these children, feed them, take care of them, and trace and register them. The tracing is critical. We need to find out whether they are indeed orphans, whether they’re just unaccompanied; whether they’ve been separated from their families. And only after then could we begin that sort of operation that you’re talking about.