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19/01/10

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the protection of children and improving their nutrition is a top priority in Haiti which is a suffering from last week’s devastating earthquake.

UNICEF staff speaks to children in Haiti

UNICEF staff speaks to children in Haiti

UNICEF is making every effort to ensure children are re-united with their families.

The is working a system to assist children who have been separated from their families.

On the possibility of Haitian children being adopted by people in other countries, UNICEF Spokesperson Veronique Taveau says her agency reiterates that this should be the last resort.

“We first need absolutely to register them, to give them a family. If you have orphans without names, without nothing (anything) then it’s very difficult. We need really to try and get family and to see if there are still some people close to them that can take care of them. That’s why we have been saying that, not only for this emergency but all emergencies in the past, that a last resort is the inter-country adoption.”

Ms Taveau says that while the exact number of children separated from their families is not yet known, the agency estimates that 48 per cent of the two million people affected by the earthquake in Haiti are children.

Jocelyne Sambira, UN Radio.