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Minnesotan's Asked to Remember "Katrina Kids"

December 21, 2006

St. Paul, MN - Child advocates are asking Minnesotans not to forget the youngest victims of Hurricane Katrina during the holidays. Jim Koppel, of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), says while groups and communities across Minnesota are doing their best, overall recovery efforts have been inadequate.

"The sad truth is that we needed massive public response to a massively destructive hurricane and we haven't had it."

Koppel says the federal government hasn't met its obligation to help victims of natural disasters.

"That has left tens of thousands of children in the same position they were in two weeks after Katrina: no education, no health care, no mental health treatment. Their needs are not being met by the government today."

Koppel notes that while Katrina survivors got a lot of attention during the holidays last year, they've since slipped under the radar.

On the national level, CDF is trying to draw attention to kids still suffering after Katrina. Malaak Compton-Rock, the wife of comedian Chris Rock, recently toured the area with the group. She's convinced the country must do more and not forget.

"Only half the schools are open. Only half the hospitals are open. The mental health services are depleted."

The Brookings Institution's latest on Katrina recovery report is available online, at

Jim Wishner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MN