January 4, 2005

«Tsunami Orphans» for sale or adoption by SMS

_40683527_tamilchildren152.jpg NGOs and Muslim groups claim that child traffickers are now preying on some of the estimated 50,000 orphans at refugee camps and hospitals in Aceh and neighboring North Sumatra province, reports Laksama.Net.

"They allege that children are being stolen and then offered for sale or adoption via text messages:

Jakarta residents say most of the SMSes are merely second-hand messages, urging people to help out by adopting “tsunami orphans” in need of new homes and families after the December 26 natural disaster. All sorts of text messages routinely spread like wildfire among Indonesia's rapidly growing number cellular phone users.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on late Sunday (2/1/05) insisted the government had not issued any policies requesting adoptions of orphans.

picture from the BBC.

Links to all Tsunami/cell phone stories posted in Textually.org.

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