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Adoption: A $100 Million Industry in Ethiopia - Report

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12/28/09

  02:15:45 am, by admin, 266 words  
Categories: Culture and Society

Adoption: A $100 Million Industry in Ethiopia - Report

Selling Ethiopian Children?

Adoption: A $100 Million Industry in Ethiopia - Report

Last September Australia's Foreign Correspondent program aired a disturbing video which exposed a booming international adoption trade out of control in Ethiopia. In the wake of the investigative work by Australia's ABC, the Australian government has suspended all international adoptions from Ethiopia. The Australian Attorney General plans to send a delegation to Ethiopia in early 2010 to hold discussions with representatives from the Ethiopian Government as well as our representatives in Ethiopia, it said on its website.

Ethiopia has become a fertile ground for international adoptions. It’s estimated thirty children leave the country a week. Across the city, hotel foyers have become clearing houses, departure lounges for many families and their adopted children. This is the scene in just one hotel in Addis Ababa. And the website You Tube is plastered with new parents’ home movies.

The crude reality is that children have become a big Ethiopian export. A child welfare agency here estimates international adoptions are generating revenue for the government of around one hundred million dollars a year, and the government is showing now sign that it is going to jeopardise that income for the sake of the children.

Ethiopia is not a signatory to the Hague Convention which requires international adoption be used only as a last resort. So as a result, a completely unregulated industry has grown up. More than 70 agencies operate here, almost half are unregistered. Corruption, fraud and deception are rife. The unscrupulous practices of this industry alarm one of the country’s top human rights lawyers, Mehari Maru.

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Comment from: c´moi senait [Visitor]
c´moi senait

Yes , what was i told you folk! Weyannes are selling ethiopians kids with hard currency that is the only thing weyannes understand.
Women trafficing is run by weyannes top Wives and now they are Selling ORGANS to Arabs …..things that You Kuttarams do not know.

12/28/09 @ 03:19
Comment from: Merry [Visitor]
Merry

This is so sad, the goverment selling Ethiopian children to generate money. This never happened before.

We have to do something, we just talk and complain. Maybe we can start with petition to the GOE and adoption agencies in Ethiopia.

12/28/09 @ 03:28
Comment from: Aman [Visitor]
Aman

Poverty …. Poverty …..poverty
Who do we have to blame for ? I think nobody !
Jesus has said leave the kids for me , I will take care of them .
Now poverty has taking it’s toll on the war torned country called Ethiopia . Oh my God take-care of your kids ! That is all I can say , I am so greedy I can not help . If god tells me to pay $30 a month to feed the children of Ethiopia , I will refuse,even if others want to help .

12/28/09 @ 05:50
Comment from: Aregawi [Visitor]
Aregawi

I thought it was just on sale of land, coffee,tchat, etc that woyane is amassing profit. It is most disheartening that these gangsterns are selling our young folks!

12/28/09 @ 06:14
Comment from: titi [Visitor]
titi

Leshiyachim Edil yagegnut Ye Tigray Hitsanat Yihonalu!!!
Titi

12/28/09 @ 06:37
Comment from: extraterrestrial [Member]  
extraterrestrial

Shame on the Ethiopian government when outsiders get conserned while the government is watching silentely children being exported like commodities…

ADAPTION IN ETHIOPIA IS BECOMING FIRST CHOICE NOT LAST RESORT.

SHAME ON THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT.

12/28/09 @ 06:46
Comment from: Imperial Body Guard [Visitor]
Imperial Body Guard

The minority regime of secession continues to violate Ethiopia’s sovereignty by selling off fertile Ethiopia and Ethiopian children.
“When We laid the foundation for the progress and development of the country, the fact that We granted the Constitutuion was in order to strengthen unity so that our country will be built around the idea of one Emperor and one government in which everyone will be conscious of his duty based upon the principle of one for all and all for one. We have chosen education as Our primary concern because we believe that it is the instrument by which Our aims could be brought to fruition."HIM
“A country and a people that become self-sufficient by the development of agriculture can look forward with confidence to the future.” Negus Haile Selassie bless thy goals and objectives, Education free at all levels!, 1gasha of freehold land for every Ethiopian family!,The country for all and religion for the individual, All due honour and respect for our ancient culture and tradition of the Solomon Dynasty, Long Live the Constitutional Monarchy!, Long Live the Kebra Negast!, Fire burn down the star of witchcraft, Rise with the Lion of Judah!, Long Live Independent Ethiopia!

12/28/09 @ 08:57
Comment from: afandi [Visitor]  
afandi

wachagood…….ajab naw ya wayane sira majamaria agarachin maretachin shatut, zare dammo lijochachin iyya shatu naw,ajab…..mot la wayane:no::no:

12/28/09 @ 08:57
Comment from: Moya Yinager [Visitor]
Moya Yinager

Weyane will sell anything including our children. This is what they have done since 1991. Sold Assab, Eritrea itself, part of Humera, Taytu Hotel, thousands of factories, millions of acres of land, and now poor orphans!

Even Italian Fascists did not sell babies! Shame on these traitors!!

12/28/09 @ 10:06
Comment from: st.ermisha [Visitor]
st.ermisha

:no: oh god!! destroy Meles!! which is selling our sisters and brothers !! for their organs!!
and destroy those,organization who is calling ur name and stealing children from their mom!!

12/28/09 @ 10:26
Comment from: Akilo [Visitor]  
Akilo

Damn even the somalis dont sell kids !!

12/28/09 @ 10:47
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

The report said :"..Ethiopia has become a fertile ground for international adoptions. It’s estimated thirty children leave the country a week…"what a shame what the hell ,this evil regime is doing
when children are sold like a piece of
bread .

12/28/09 @ 10:59
Comment from: Safu [Visitor]
Safu

It took two decades for Ferejis to learn the real story about “adoption” from Ethiopia?.

12/28/09 @ 11:00
Comment from: Abesha [Visitor]
Abesha

nazret.com, where is the vidio? please post the vidio
Thanks

[It is posted there, Make sure that you have the latest Flash player installed. Also we recommend you use FireFox, our preferred browser and you can also get the video directly from ABC here]

12/28/09 @ 11:11
Comment from: mamotesema [Member]  
mamotesema

That answers my question as to why I saw all those adopred Ethiopian children on the plane that I boarder from Ethiopia to Washinon DC.

I knew it involves the goverment and mony. Meles sales his own mother as long as he gets the BIG $$$s

12/28/09 @ 11:50

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