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Pop star Shakira meets earthquake children in Haiti

The singer met Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn in Haiti

Colombian pop star Shakira has met young survivors of the Haiti earthquake.

The singer flew into the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince to meet children living in makeshift camps.

She said her charity, Barefoot, is searching for suitable land to build a school for needy children.

More than 200,000 people died and one million people were left homeless in the earthquake which struck the Caribbean island on 12 January.

Humanitarian aid

Arriving in the country on Sunday, Shakira waved to onlookers and greeted children living on a Haitian golf course that has been turned into a makeshift camp for 50,000 quake survivors.

She was welcomed by Hollywood star Sean Penn, who is providing humanitarian aid at the refugee camps.

They both spoke about challenges confronting Haiti since the disaster.

Shakira's Barefoot foundation provides nutrition to more than 6,000 children in Colombia, and she is member of the ALAS foundation that advocates for children across Latin America.



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