Here are some photos of the children taken off Americans attempting to cross the border with them into an adoption camp, and transferred to SOS Children for safety. Social Affairs Minister
Yves Cristallin has stated that this was an illicit adoption scheme.
As often in these circumstances, authorities have entrusted SOS Children with the safe care for the children (SOS Children was made temporary guardian of every unaccompanied child in Kashmir following the world's last earthquake on this scale). The children were found to be badly traumatised and in a poor general condition, especially the younger ones.
The Red Cross medical centre set up on our Village playground decided one baby needed immediate transfer to the main hospital. The ten Americans who were arrested have been reported by Reuters as saying that the children were residents of an orphanage in Haiti which collapsed but local residents claiming to be family of five of the children have arrived at the village to reclaim their children (the relationship is being checked), and urgent measures are underway to trace family of the others.
"But I am not an orphan", told an eight-year-old girl. She thought that her mother has arranged short holidays for her. Some of these children obviously still have parents who assumedly were persuaded to hand over their children under false pretenses. The allegations have to be thoroughly investigated but the Haitian police consider this incident as organised child trafficking.
Reuters quotes the Haiti government as saying that the Americans had no documents to prove they had cleared the adoption of the 33 children -- aged 2 months to 12 years -- through any embassy and no papers showing they were made orphans by the quake in the impoverished Caribbean country
"This is totally illegal," said Yves Cristalin, Haiti's social affairs minister. "No children can leave Haiti without proper authorization and these people did not have that authorization."