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Haiti's children on their own on shattered streets

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - The smallest survivors of Haiti's earthquake are growing into one of the biggest concerns in its aftermath.

Aid workers say many of Haiti's children have no one to care for them, after losing one or both parents in the Jan. 12 quake. Authorities fear that that will leave them without protection against disease, child predators and other risks.

Meanwhile, it's still a struggle to get help to the many thousands of quake victims who need it. The aid effort remains hampered by an overloaded airport and crippled seaport.

Officials say there's a seven-day backlog of some 800 to 1,000 aid flights still awaiting permission to land. A U.N. spokeswoman says "trucks are needed," especially small trucks because "the streets are extremely congested."

U.N. relief coordinator John Holmes estimates that 2 million people need food, but only 500,000 have received some so far.


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