Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Guatemala Update: Day 1 of Fasting for Kidnapped Children

Today, Sept 1, 2009, I and many around the world begin Day One of fasting to bring attention to the plight of at least three children kidnapped from Guatemala and trafficked for adoption to unsuspecting families in the United States. We demand the U.S. State Dept investigate these crimes and provide DNA testing to confirm to deny that children identified are kidnap victims.

This strike is an international show of support and continuation of the hunger strike launched by Norma Cruz and Fundacion Sobrevivientes in Guatemala on July 15, 2009.

Please read more about the strike and pledge your support - get involved!

We have commitments to fast from around the world, from India to France to Louisiana. We are fasting in honor of three stolen daughters, Anyeli, Heidy, and Arlene, and their brave mothers who face the most unimaginable challenges and loss that any human can imagine.Because we value and celebrate adoption done in ethical and moral practice, we call a strike to voice opposition to those that tarnish and ultimately destroy legitimate adoption practice, rendering legitimate orphans homeless, and profitizing a once humanitarian endeavor.

Recently, it has been publicized that new DNA tests confirm that kidnapped and US-adopted Anyeli is in fact the daughter of Loyda Rodriguez Hernandez, who reported her daughter's abduction in 2006. Anyeli was allegedly stolen from the front yard of her mother's home in Guatemala City, falsely declared abandoned, and adopted by a Missouri family after having been renamed Karen Abigail. It is understood that Anyeli was issued a visa from the US Embassy Guatemala in 2008. It is unclear at this time what will be the outcome of this case as it appears there is no legal precedence for the return of a stolen child who was "legally" adopted and who now has US citizenship.

Strike organizers will be traveling to Washington DC this fall to present to US officials strike documentation and compiled research in an ongoing effort of exposure, accountability and justice.

Please forward this email to any interested persons or organizations.

Thank you for your support and interest.

PS from Jennifer, the organizer:

Right now, the mothers in Guatemala are in and out of hiding. They have been repeatedly threatened and are living with extreme fear for both themselves and their families. Very recently, there has been a shooting and a death of a family member of one of the mothers. It is believed this murder may be in retaliation. Right now, this strike and our show of support means more than ever before. Thank you for adding your voice of support to those that have been silenced through threats and violence. Every voice counts!

To reiterate, "fasting" is your definition, and at your discretion. We in no way are advocating, requesting, or wanting you to put your health or welfare in jeopardy by participating in this strike. Please do not do anything unhealthy or dangerous. We have people from around the world who have signed up .... most are restricting certain foods. One woman in France is not eating red meat for three days, for example. You define your "fast".

We only ask that you submit your "proof" or documentation within a few days of the last day of the strike. Your documentation can simply be answering the question: "why did I strike?" or can be more elaborate, it's up to you. Just make sure you can email it to this email address as soon as you can, to be included in the compiled book of documentation. Your input is critical.... We need this to show worldwide support, through our final documentation and book of the strike, compiled research, and news articles, that will be presented to key governmental officials and journalists later this fall. The more documentation we have, the more support we can show!

Please submit your documentation to this email address. It is understood by you, that by emailing us your strike documentation that it may and can be used in the book of compiled strike documentation, and this documentation can and will be made public in one form or another, and by emailing your documentation, you are giving your consent for your documentation and your given name to be used, be made public, and put in the compiled book about the strike.

Thank you again. Your support and participation is critical.... every voice counts.

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