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Haitian orphans arrive for new life in Europe

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More than 100 Haitian orphans have arrived in the Netherlands after having their adoption procedures fast-tracked, following the country’s massive earthquake.

Most of the 106 children had been in the process of being adopted before the quake levelled their homeland.

The Dutch justice ministry took the decision to accelerate the adoptions because of the alarming situation on the Caribbean island.

Among the children on the flight, nine have not yet been matched to a family, but they were allowed into the Netherlands because the orphanage could longer provide basic care.

Most of the children are to remain in the Netherlands, while 14 are to travel to Luxembourg.

However, UNICEF has warned that foreign adoption of Haitian children should only be considered as a last resort.

The Dutch adoption foundation, which arranged the flight, said the children feasted before boarding and the plane was transformed into a playground.