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Monday 7 February 2005

Child protection authorities continue to search for young tsunami victims

The Probation and Child Care Services Department says 995 children were orphaned after losing both parents in the tsunami, and another 3,409 children lost either a mother or a father. Several unaccompanied children have also been identified.

Adoption of these children is possible if the interested parties follow the standard legal procedure. But media reports have said that after the tsunami tragedy, some children who went missing were probably taken by parties not following legal procedure.

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) has said the authorities will not take legal action against persons (relative or non-relative) or organisations if they have so far kept custody of children without registration. However, it requested that individuals and organisations now come forward to register these young tsunami victims.

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Anonymous Anonymous said :

I am still wanting to volunteer, but have not gotten any "offers." I even registered at the "clearinghouse" of volunteering for this disaster:


So, if anyone knows of a relief group that might need some fieldwork assistance of any kind, please pass my email address to them.


Tue Feb 08, 04:11:00 PM IST  
Blogger Gustavo H.R. said :

I'd like to say that I feel sorry for the families that had losses in this tragedy. I hope we - Brazilians - helped in any way we could have helped.


Wed Feb 09, 04:15:00 AM IST