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Monday, May 14, 2012
Stolen Makeni Children
Another example of Americans who adopt internationally to find out they were duped...This has happened before and sadly, it will happen again when children are $old to Americans... Trace
A court finds that the adoptees from Sierra Leone were in fact kidnapped.
Were Samuel Mosley and Adama K. stolen from their birth families in Makeni, Sierra Leone so that Americans could adopt them—and so that greedy middlemen masquerading as child welfare workers could get paid? That question was at the heart of the series published here last August, The Makeni Children, which investigated the torturously complex stories of 29 adoptions in 1998 from Sierra Leone to the United States. Birth families from Makeni had agitated for more than a dozen years, insisting that their children had been wrongfully taken. But the child welfare organization that had taken those children, HANCI (Help a Needy Child International), insisted that the families were lying—that in the midst of the brutal civil war, they had knowingly and willingly given their children away.
Read the story here: http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2012/05/sierra_leone_adoptees_were_found_to_be_kidnapped_.html