Saturday, November 21, 2009

Economic Pressure and Adoption

Westdeutscher Rundfunk (West German Broadcasting) gives us this five part documentary on adoption in Romania.

Ibn Zayd weites:  The story will be familiar to anyone who is adopted from a country where the exportation of infants seems to go hand in hand with the economic "opening up" of that country to the West, through economic pressure, war, or other political strongarm tactics. That no one pays attention to this curious link between adoption and economics is a function of a dominant discourse gone awry--children are trafficked, and a mythology is built up to justify it; just like slavery, just like every other illegal abuse of human beings that takes place on the planet.

"How can you just take children from a home?" asks the distraught mother in the first part of this five-part video. Should original mothers on this planet ever stand up en masse and demand their children back, there will be a revolution the likes of which this planet has never seen. A must-see.

1 comment:

Rupert Wolfe Murray said...

Good to see that someone (finally) is picking up on this story. The angle you raise about this being a typical product of imperialism is to true, and yet so ignored, and this form of child trafficking (international adoption) is dressed up in the language of humanitarian aid; adoptive parents are the spokespersons for this evil industry and it is their offer of a good loving home in a rich country that dominates the whole issue; and having chosen their children from an online catalogue they talk about "their" children "going home". The whole thing stinks and has more in common with the Nazis policies of shipping back kids from wartime Ukraine and Russia than it does with child rights. If you want to read more about this, and how the EU is now involved, you should read my article in the EU Observer:

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