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Misha, a young orphan from Chausy, Belarus, sits on a dock in Brockville, Ont. Canada with a member of his host family. With natural family still living in Belarus, Misha is not adoptable. His fate is to live in the underfunded orphanage until he is 17 when he will be released without a job and no money. Seventeen per cent of orphans commit suicide in Belarus and 35 per cent end up in jail having to resort to theft to stay alive.