Reference : V-P-HT-E-00621
Date : 28/03/2010
Country/Region : HAITI
Caption : Port-au-Prince, Martissant. The ICRC and the Haitian Red Cross tracing team reunifies a mother to her son, separated during the earthquake.
Photographer : MILTCHEVA, Olga
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : The earthquake which ocurred in the Port-au-Prince region on the 12th of January 2010 is the worst earthquake the country has ever had to endure.

9-04-2010 Feature
Haiti: tracing evacuated children

Three months on from the earthquake, radio stations are back on the air, phones and Internet are working again. These technologies have enabled many people to find their relatives. However, some parents are still desperately searching for their children, evacuated to unknown destinations in the chaos that immediately followed the quake. ICRC and Haitian Red Cross teams are doing all they can to reunite the families. A report from Olga Miltcheva in Port-au-Prince.

Despite her injured foot, Mimose is running. She is running fast, arms open wide, to welcome her son. The energetic 38-year-old has spent most of her life here in Martissant, one of the poorest areas of the Haitian capital. She lost her house and most of her possessions in the 12 January earthquake. "We're living from day to day. But I'm happy despite it all. My family survived, and now the Red Cross has brought my child back to me," she explains, hugging her son tightly.

His name is Claudel. At the tender age of 13, he has already flown over Haiti twice. The first time was in a helicopter, just after the disaster, scared stiff and clenching his teeth on account of the pain in his leg, broken by a concrete block. The second time was in an aeroplane, following an operation and a few weeks at Milo Hospital in Cap Haïtien, where a rescue team had taken him.

"I was really afraid at first. I didn't know where they were taking me or when I would see my mother again. But then we were able to talk to each other by phone."
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