|UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy speaks with a man and his two children at a relief camp in Banda Aceh, capital of the province of Aceh on Sumatra Island.|
Bellamy was on a five-day tour of Asia’s worst-hit regions. She came to Indonesia after assessing the devastation in Sri Lanka.
In Banda Aceh, Bellamy was joined by Jon-Wook Lee, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), and Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid. Together, they ventured out to witness firsthand the magnitude of the destruction and to assess the needs of the region’s children.
|Mohamed Zulfan stands by a tent that he is sharing with his family, in a camp for people displaced by the tsunami disaster.|
At a camp for survivors, information on missing persons - most of them children - was being posted. At a childcare centre nearby, children lined up in order to be registered. Any information they provided about their identity would be used in order to contact relatives, and protect them from exploitation.
“All the information on these children are lost. We register the children so that we can better protect them from exploitation, and possibly reunite them with their extended families,” said Ms. Bellamy on the UNICEF-supported child centre.
UNICEF is concentrating on four steps to save what it is calling the "Tsunami Generation": keeping the children alive, caring for separated children, protecting them from exploitation, and eventually getting them back into school.
UNICEF has also been delivering basic medicines and shelter supplies to relief camps in Banda Aceh. Water purification supplies, school kits, and other vital materials are en route.
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