January 16th, 2010
05:19 PM ET

'He's our son, and we want him to live'

Jean Griffith and Ross Haskell
Special to CNN

In situations like the dire humanitarian crisis that has followed Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti, we all are forced to witness what is the sometimes painful truth behind the cliché about it taking a village to raise a child. In the tragedy unfolding before us now, it will take a global village.

President Obama and former presidents, along with other leaders and representatives of humanitarian organizations, have reminded us of this. We would like to add our own small, humble contribution to the efforts under way around the world to help the people of Haiti.

In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the many children who were living in Haitian orphanages when the earthquake hit. As we have heard from professionals devoted to children's issues, children are among the most vulnerable segments of a population subject to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. It is not hard to imagine that orphans living in institutional care might often be even more vulnerable.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Haiti
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  1. JL

    Everyone is talking about sending aid but they can't even figure out how to distribute the aid that is already there, in the mean time people are dying, needing water & food...the sad part is it's sitting at the airport.......

    January 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |