Finding Hope for Haiti's Orphans

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Thousands of children left orphaned by the devastating earthquake in Haiti are now left with no one to care for them.

Many are scattered among makeshift camps for the homeless, leaving them prey to disease and child predators.

One young boy found refuge at one of only a handful of orphanages available. He was still shaken by the horror of the earthquake.

"He saw the earthquake and he was on the street doing what he normally does and some people promised him to bring him here to the orphanage," explained UNICEF worker Gertha Rozinvil. "During the earthquake, he was knocked down and saw the palace collapse. He saw the tax administration building collapse, every moment during the collapse, all that traumatized him."

Click play for more on Haiti's orphans and what's being done to help them with Jesse Eaves of the outreach group World Vision.  For more reports from Haiti, visit the CBN News special earthquake and recovery page.

Hospitals have had to turn many of Haiti's orphans away because of a shortage of beds.

Relief organizations are doing their best to identify those at-risk while trying to find safe temporary shelter for them.

"Considering the number of people that actually died in this earthquake, we're expecting children in the thousands who would have lost their parents," UNICEF adviser Bo Viktor Nylund said.

That makes protecting the smallest survivors of the catastrophic earthquake one of the biggest problems in its aftermath.

*Original broadcast January 29, 2010.

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