Dutch plane returns from Haiti with 106 adoptive children
A plane chartered by the Dutch government returned from quake-hit Haiti on Thursday with 106 Haitian children being adopted in Europe, the government said.The Hague--The plane landed shortly before 4:00 pm (1500 GMT) at the Eindhoven air base in the south of the country, having left for Haiti on Monday.
"The (new) parents are inside the airport building, looking through the window at their children being brought in from the plane," foreign affairs spokesman Aad Meijer told AFP shortly after the landing.
Journalists were not allowed to speak to the children or their new families.
Ninety-two of the children, aged from a few months to seven years, were in the process of being adopted in the Netherlands, and 14 in Luxembourg.
"The primary goal of the flight was to bring the children ... to safety as soon as possible," a foreign ministry statement said.
Officials earlier said the adoption process, which could normally take several years, was being speeded up after the January 12 earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people and left many more homeless.
Haitian authorities have given their agreement for the children to leave.