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World News for Schools: 20 December

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Hi there, I'm Ore from the BBC World News for Children and all this week we're going to be taking a look back at the biggest stories of 2010. From the football World Cup, to the Chilean miners rescue - there were definitely some real highlights this year. But there were also some massive disasters and none more devastating than the Haiti earthquake. Here's Ricky with more....

CLIP: "The year had barely begun when Haiti was hit by one of the worst disasters in history. The earthquake destroyed huge areas of an already desperately poor country and more than 250,000 people lost their lives. Nearly a year on, the effects of that day are still being felt. Of the 1.5 million people who lost their homes, most are still living in makeshift camps, often in dirty, crowded conditions. It was an event that changed Haiti forever and for those who survived it, the memories are still strong."


"During the earthquake I was home from school. I started to feel the earth shaking and I was just going to run, and my little sister said 'Fara why are you shaking the wall?' and I said 'No it's an earthquake!'

" I was at home, lying on the bed and reading while it happened, and I thought about all my families and all my friends - that I'd never see them again if I died, or if they died."

"Everyone was calling for their babies, their childs. I see people that were crying. Some who got hurt by the earthquake and were running for the hospitals."

"It's like you're looking at death right in front and you can't move, you can't do anything - It's very scary."

"Sometimes I'm afraid to go sleep without praying, because like, I'm thinking that during the night the earthquake could pass, and all of us could die and never see light again."

"I continue with my school, I continue with my stuff, I always play. I'm so glad. I say thanks to God because he didn't make me dead."

Kids in Haiti remembering the earthquake there. That's all from us now. We're back tomorrow with more of the biggest stories of the year. See you!


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