Video: Katrina separates mother, 2 children

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By Ron Allen Correspondent
NBC News
updated 9/13/2005 7:43:36 PM ET 2005-09-13T23:43:36

Kiwana Blue voices a mother's plea.

"If somebody could hear me, I just wish somebody would give me my child."

She wanders alone, outside a Houston shelter, lost without her daughters, 1-year-old Dasia and 3-year-old Faith. They disappeared in the chaos at the New Orleans Superdome.

"If you can feel a mother's pain, it hurts," she cries. "It hurts so bad."

Kiwana is especially worried because Faith, her little girl with curly black hair, has asthma.

"Her great-great-grandmother said name her Faith," says Kiwana. "She is going to bring you a lot of faith."

Twelve-year-old Donald Expose won't talk to strangers. His stark sketches tell how he swam from his home, turned and saw his mom, Tory, for the last time.

"Emotionally, he's torn up inside, he's falling apart," says relative Tieneka Expose.

Donald made his way to a Houston shelter alone, where relatives found him, but not his mom.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children posts pictures on the Internet, with more than 6,000 adults, like Donald's mom, reported missing and just over 400 cases resolved. Meanwhile, there are more than 2,400 children reported missing, like Tiwana's daughters, and just 500 cases resolved.

Relief workers say it's an unprecedented crisis — so many children, lost across so many states, and many from families still on the move, with relatives unable to contact each other.

Reunions do happen when families find loved ones on the Internet or see someone missing on TV.

Someone in Atlanta saw Sheba Moore on TV, looking for her 18-month-old son, Na-Jon. He and his grandmother got separated from the family in New Orleans.

"I got to the point where I didn't even much want to live if my child is dead," says Sheba. "I wanted to die too."

Late Tuesday, Kiwana Blue flew to Jackson, Miss., on a free flight arranged by relief workers. There, after nearly two weeks, she found her youngest daughter, reunited with a close friend. But she's still missing Faith.

And while Donald, the young artist, has many pictures of what he saw, what he really wants to see now, is his mom.

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