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JK Rowling helps kids in Romania

Publication: Times of Oman
Date: Jan 26 2006 

BUCHAREST J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, will take part in a charity benefit in Bucharest next week to help "the underprivileged children of Romania and Europe ," organisers of the event said Thursday.

Rowling, who is British, will attend a fund-raising dinner next Wednesday with celebrities, including former Romanian gymnastics champion Nadia Comaneci.

Ten signed copies of her most recent book, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," will be auctioned off during the evening. The former special rapporteur on Romania to the European Parliament, Baroness Emma Nicholson de Winterbourne, extended the invitation to Rowling.

Nicholson, who heads an organisation for the protection of children, accused Bucharest in 2000 of child trafficking due to the large number of adoptions by foreigners. The government then suspended foreign adoptions.

Romania has now become a model in terms of child protection, according to Nicholson.

Of 80,000 abandoned children in Romania , about 50,000 live in foster families and 30,000 in orphanages. AFP



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