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Carla Bruni Welcomes Orphans From Haiti Quake In Paris

PTI 24 Jan 2010, 10:04:16 IST

French first lady Carla Bruni looked delighted as she greeted 33 Haitian orphans upon their arrival in Paris.

The children aged between one and six years arrived at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport and were greeted by Carla Bruni, the wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, reports The Mail, London.

The orphans are expected to join their adoptive families once their papers had been verified.

But in scenes which were a world away from the devastating aftermath of the killer earthquake, Carla Bruni offered compassion and kindness as she knelt down to talk to the orphans.

Each had a Haitian passport with the family name of their adoptive family but also their birth family's surname.

'It's very important that a child knows where he came from,' one nurse said.

In the days since the quake, families around the world in the process of adopting Haitian children have pressured their governments to speed up the adoption process.

The children - some orphans and others abandoned - had left the school where they had taken shelter after the destruction and headed to the Port-au-Prince airport singing 'the little train'.

The children were also due to meet Red Cross and Emergency Medical Assistance Service personnel to treat 'the emotional and psychological shock they have been through,' an official said.

Several of the children had lived in a nursery that was severely damaged in last week's earthquake but 'not a single child was injured and not a single adoption file was lost,' French consul in Haiti, Jean-Pierre Gueguan confirmed.