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Katrina Children Seeking Parents Shown on Web Site

Reuters NewsWire (
Wed, 7 Sep 2005 10:20:12 -0500

Photos of children separated from their parents by Hurricane Katrina
have been posted on a Web site by the National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children in an attempt to reunite families.

Photos of more than two dozen children found in Louisiana were posted
on the organization's Web site (, together
with sometimes scanty information available about them. There was also
an entry for one child without a picture.

One entry about a little boy apparently too small to speak properly
reads: "His name may be Neiamaya or Jeremiah. His date of birth is
unknown; however, he is believed to be about 2 years old."

A five-month-old baby, named Jordan Barnes, was also among the
children. He was transferred from a hospital in New Orleans to Baton
Rouge General Hospital due to Katrina but his mother's whereabouts
were unknown.

For those unable to access Internet in areas where Katrina knocked out
electricity, the center has set up a telephone hotline (888-544-5475)
for families separated during the hurricane which hit last Monday and
in the flooding and chaos which followed.

The center has also posted information about missing children and adults in
Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

Several of the photos have been stamped "resolved," and the center's
president, Ernie Allen, told CNN that workers, in cooperation with
other agencies, has already been able to find mothers of children held
in a shelter in San Antonio, Texas.

Thousands of people may have been killed by Katrina and its aftermath
when flood barriers protecting New Orleans from an adjacent lake burst
and hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated.

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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