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More news from Haiti as poverty and children's charity UNICEF report back on how they are working flat out to reunite lost children with their families.
Nora Nonet, a UNICEF staff member, reported of how she met a boy who was 8 years old at a centre set up in the centre of the destroyed capital city, Port-au-Prince.

The child, who the childrens charity called 'Jefferson', to protect his identity had been there for two weeks - was just one of perhaps thousands of children that had become separated from loved ones following the quake which tore down their homes.

There was a bit of a media buzz around a group of missionaries from the US just after the quake. In fact, Jefferson even made the headlines - all over the world, when they tried to remove him from Haiti.

As the missionaires attempted to leave the country with Jefferson, the police stopped them for not having the correct legal papers.

The police - along with UNICEF and many other children's charities - realised that lots of the children who were trying to be adopted, might not actually be orphans - and more in need of ascertaining if they can be reunited with surviving families members, rather than torn away from their homeland.

Along with many other children, the charity used social workers who they had trained to interviewed Jefferson as part of a scheme of registering the many cases of children who had become separated fromt their families.

Following his interview it was obvious that Jefferson was able to remember the day the missionaries from America came to take him away. He also remembered very important information like the name of his mother and even his address.

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