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BANGLADESH: Hundreds orphaned by Cyclone Sidr

DHAKA, 21 December 2007 (IRIN) -Hundreds of children, if not more, are now believed to have been orphaned by Cyclone Sidr, which devastated large parts of Bangladesh’s southwestern coast on 15 November, killing more than 3,000 people and rendering millions more homeless. “The trauma that these children suffered and the bleak future they face are nearly impossible for others to realise.” Past experience shows that children, especially girls, in disaster-hit areas are highly vulnerable to trafficking and other forms of abuse. Of the 8.5 million people affected by Cyclone Sidr, about half were children and an estimated half a million of them were under the age of five.

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