• UNICEF now tracking ‘unaccompanied children’ in ‘Yolanda’ battered areas

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    TACLOBAN CITY: As relief efforts from the government and international aid societies gain momentum, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday announced that it is now tracking down “unaccompanied children” in “Yolanda” battered communities in the Visayas Region.

    This was done to provide the latter with special care to allow these young victims a chance to regain normal lives, said Angela Kearney, UNICEF emergency coordinator for “Yolanda,” in a briefing here Friday morning.

    She added that they are being aided in this endeavor by members of the local police who are instrumental in tracking “unaccompanied children” or orphans in various evacuation centers.

    “Mother Nature is very harsh with children and it is important that we get to them early to provide them with special care,” Kearney stressed.

    Chances of these children having normal lives again increased dramatically once the necessary interventions are provided.

    UNICEF earlier placed the number of children displaced by “Yolanda” at 6.3 million. PNA

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