Orphans at risk in aftermath of Cyclone Nargis

Posted on May 18, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

In the shelters, many children must fend for themselves.
“It’s survival of the fittest,” said Fred Bemak, a professor of
counseling at George Mason University in Virginia, who was in Yangon
training counselors when the cyclone hit.
“Their schools are gone, their homes are gone,
their parents are often dead or lost,” he said.
“Many children are wandering around separated
from their families and communities, and they are
highly vulnerable right now.”
The youngest children may not know their surnames,
their parents’ names or the names of their villages,
Conradt said — and there is no system in place for reuniting families.
“Our experience is when resources are very scarce
and the relief operation is on,
the unaccompanied children are the ones
who pay the toll,” said Alex Kreuger, a child protection specialist with Unicef.



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