Sen Amy Klobuchar Won Freedom of Orphans Seized At Haiti Airport

February 24th, 2010 - 11:16 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

a4s_haiti022410_109274c Feb 24 (THAINDIAN NEWS) After enduring unknown horrors following the catastrophic earthquake which shook the world, and devastated Haiti, six children were finally on their way to safe homes in America. That is, until the Haitian police seized these children and refused to let them leave the country.

These orphans were being escorted by women who had taken all of the precautions and filed all of the necessary paperwork. These women were attempting to board an airplane headed for the United States when an angry mob grabbed the women and refused to let them leave. When the police were called, they took custody of the children, despite the completed legal paperwork that the women had in their possession. This is all due to the fears of Haitians that foreigners are attempting to illegally take their children out of the country. This was perhaps fueled by the tragic case involving the 10 U.S. Baptist missionaries who were arrested after trying to help 33 Haitian children get to America.

This story, however, had a happy ending thanks to Sen Amy Klobuchar and other U.S. officials. Sen Klobuchar was involved in conversations and negotiations between U.S. and Haitian officials for many days. She received word on Tuesday that the children were being escorted the the U.S. Embassy and would be re-united with the women who will then escort them to America. The children are said to be headed to homes in Minnesota, Montana, Iowa, and Pennsylvania.

“The hope is that they will then be cleared for departure,” said Klobuchar, “But I’ve learned that you take things hour by hour so I’m not going to declare victory yet until those kids are on American soil and in the arms of their families.”

Let’s pray these kids make it to the safety of their new homes.

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