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Painful plight of Haiti's 'restavek' children

Sende eventually left with the man and another man she said was her father.
Sende eventually left with the man and another man she said was her father.

CNN

For more than a week, Sende Sencil had gone without bathing, until two young American doctors at the hospital where she was being treated took the 9-year-old girl for a short walk outside to a shower to wash off the filth and grime.

Beaming, and in clean clothes for the first time since the earthquake, Sende, who was thought to be an orphan, returned to the hospital's tents with the doctors.

As they walked, a man approached them on the street and reached out to grab Sende.

"I'm looking for her. She's my family," the doctors remember the man saying in broken English. "I'm taking her home."

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