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Israel to Adopt Haitian Orphans

Samara Greenberg

Israel may adopt dozens of Haitian children orphaned by the devastating earthquake that crippled the country on January 12, Ynet News reported Saturday. Over the next few days, Israel will form an adoption team to look into the issue “in order to offer help in the face of this terrible distress.”

Over the weekend, Haiti’s government called off its search for survivors. Since the quake hit, a total of 132 people were rescued from collapsed buildings. To date, more than 110,000 people are confirmed dead, and tens of thousands remain unaccounted for.

According to Israeli Welfare and Social Services Minister Isaac Herzog, “Haiti was one of the countries that supported us on November 29, 1947 [during the UN vote on the establishment of the State of Israel] and now it’s our turn to support them.”