Sri Lanka

Tsunami Natural Disaster

The tsunami of December 26th 2004 wiped out entire villages. Families were swept out to sea, their bodies consumed by the ocean never to be seen again. News reports estimate that thousands of the dead were children and thousands more have been left homeless and orphaned.

The fear is this huge number of displaced children will bring forth child traffickers who bring promises of food, clothing and shelter only to sell these innocent victims to the highest bidder.

In Sri Lanka, children face the added peril of landmines — leftovers of the country’s years of civil war — suddenly thrust to the surface by the huge tidal waves.