Editorial comment by Andrew Cates, CEO SOS Children
We were all very relieved to read on the BBC news this morning that Sahil, the British five year old who had been kidnapped has been safely found in Pakistan. We know from long experience that the separation of a child from their mother is one of the most heart rendering things and for people to do this for reasons of pure greed was beyond what we can understand. It is a news story we have all been following very closely.
Mothers being with children is what SOS is all about. We have worked very hard to get the UN to adopt the standards for children without parental care, to which standards we have ourselves been operating to for so many years. Our first priority for any child is to keep children with their natural families and avoid break up. Where no natural family can be traced after exhaustive efforts then we (and the UN) think that family based care such as in an SOS family or by fostering is best. Fostering virtually does not exist in India, China and other major populations, but in any case the best solution depends on the child. Across 124 countries today we are providing a mother's love to 78,000 children, and fighting to keep hundreds of thousands more in their mother's arms through family strengthening programs. So we feel we are right to be joining the celebration in the news about the return of Sahil home, just as we celebrate with every child alone who ends up with a mother to love them for life.
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