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cow109



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:34 pm    Post subject: Haiti Reply with quote

Hello everyone, I had to observe 3 days of silence for Haiti...found it hard to post anything. I'm proud of President Obama and America for sending all the forces and other resources. If you can afford it please consider helping out at a trusted donation site such as http://www.whitehouse.gov/ , http://www.redcross.org/ , or your home state's website if they have put up a link for that purpose.

David
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's sad about the earthquake in Haiti, pretty much devastated most of what was already a poor country. But it's good that so many countries and individuals are sending aid.

Thanks for the links.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

God Bless Haiti!
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Janneke-from-holland



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is so sad!!
Pray
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its so awful.

I pray for them alot
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Newsweek article by Barack Obama:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/231131/page/1
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

martha wrote:
Its so awful.

I pray for them alot
i quite agree. its one of the most dreadful things you can think of. i will just pray Pray Pray and all the loved ones who have been lost! it really is very sad Crying or Very sad.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The nice people in Holland are doing their part to help Haiti...

Dutch airlift brings 106 Haitian kids for adoption

Posted: Jan 21, 2010 11:39 AM CST
Updated: Jan 21, 2010 11:59 AM CST

By MIKE CORDER
Associated Press Writer


EINDHOVEN, Netherlands - A Dutch airlift brought 106 children from quake-ravaged Haiti to new lives in the Netherlands and Luxembourg on Thursday, as anxious families waited to hug children they had been in the process of adopting for months.

The children, aged 6 months to 7 years, were carried or walked from the plane one by one, wrapped in blue blankets, after it arrived at a Dutch military airport in Eindhoven.

Most of the children had already been matched with new parents, but some were being introduced to those parents for the first time. Nine had been approved for adoption but not yet matched with a family, and they will be placed in foster care until parents can be found.

The waiting parents were excited to meet the children but also anxious about their health following the quake, said Letje Vermunt, a spokeswoman for the Netherlands Adoption Foundation, one of two agencies organizing the adoptions.

"It's a double feeling," she said. "Laughter and tears are very close together."

The children were accompanied on Thursday's flight by a team of medics, including some with experience in dealing with post traumatic stress, such as that induced by last week's magnitude-7 quake.

One boy waved from the window of the plane. Local temperatures were around freezing and patches of snow remained from a recent storm. All that could be seen of one girl as she was hustled to a waiting bus were her pink shoes, dangling from blankets.

At least some of the children speak a little Dutch after undergoing daily language lessons in a Dutch-run orphanage in Haiti. Fourteen of the 106 were going to Luxembourg into the care of that country's adoption authorities.

The quake killed up to 200,000 people, orphaned thousands of children and reduced large parts of the Haitian capital to rubble. It has triggered a rush of inquiries around the world about adopting a child from the impoverished Caribbean country, which before the quake already had an estimated 380,000 orphans in need of new homes.

Rene Hoksbergen, an academic who studies adoption at Utrecht University, warned earlier this week that the Dutch airlift could make would-be parents think it is easy to adopt from a country in chaos. He said formal procedures should always be followed.

Most of the children Thursday had been waiting for travel documents before being united with their new families, while another large group had been matched with new parents but a Haitian judge had yet to formally sign off on their adoptions.


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