Leone fury at 'forced adoption'
News, 4th November 2009
group of parents in Sierra Leone has accused a charity of sending more
than 30 children abroad for adoption without consent during the
country's civil war.
parents say they have no idea what happened to their children after they
were handed over to Help a Needy Child International (Hanci).
the charity says it has documents signed by the parents giving
permission for overseas adoption.
Leone was devastated by a decade of civil war, which ended in 2002.
were frequently abducted and forced to fight in the brutal conflict.
BBC's Umaru Fofana, in the capital Freetown, says the parents have been
lobbying the government for years to find out what happened to their
says they have become frustrated with what they see as a lack of action
from ministers, so have taken their campaign to the media.
So many years have elapsed so I have to take my time to look at it
very carefully ”
Soccoh Kabbia Minister of children's affairs
parent told our correspondent how she agreed to let Hanci care for and
educate her children at a local centre to save them from the war.
regularly visited our children at the centre until some time in 1998
when we stopped seeing them," she said.
went to Freetown to find out what had happened, and we were told they
had sent our children overseas and they would be visiting us every five
want the government to intervene and let us have our children
parents of more than 30 children make similar allegations.
Hanci director Roland Kargbo denies the claims, saying the charity
obtained written consent from the parents whose children were sent
were two agreements - one for children to be cared for and reintegrated
into the community locally, and another for parents who wanted their
children to be adopted," he told the BBC.
parents know that, we have documents to support that."
of Children's Affairs Soccoh Kabbia says the government is still
investigating the issue.
is a convoluted story because so many years have elapsed so I have to
take my time to look at it very carefully," he said.
children are believed to have been adopted by American families.
from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2009/11/04 12:56:18 GMT
© BBC MMX
here to return to the news page