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Monday, December 28, 1998 Published at 14:51 GMT

World: Europe

Teddy bears comfort mission

Volunteers in Scotland are sending two-thousand teddy bears to orphans and children who lost everything during the floods brought by Hurricane Mitch in Central America.

The toys are the latest batch in a drive to deliver about forty-thousand teddy bears to children in Nicaragua and Honduras.

They will go on a boat from Southampton to Nicaragua.

One of the people involved in the effort said the toys were intended to help the children deal with the emotional trauma when nobody was around to listen.

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