Saturday, September 5, 2015

DRC President Kabila using Congolese orphans for His own political gain

Democratic Republic of the Congo Joseph Kabila attends a training session of his country's football team in Bata on February 3, 2015. RD Congo will face Ivory Coast in a semi-final African Cup of Nations match in Bata on February 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

US News and World Report: DRC President Kabila Using Children as Pawns.

This man has been using 1300 children to promote his own political platform for two years. They were adopted by families (400 American families) and their adoptions were ratified by Congolese courts. President Kabila continues to block the children's exit visas despite intervention by US Congress members.
My sources inform me that 13 children have died in the orphanages during this time. I hesitate to write that last part because I do not want to be alarmist about this issue. But I write it because our family was in that place and I know what it is like.

Inter-country adoption is political and intensely controversial. There are a lot of factors to consider. But these are children who have already been adopted. Their adoptions have been ratified by Congolese courts and they have families who love them and who want to take care of them. There is no reason for them to grow up without their families. No reason at all.

Related: International Adoption is Not Human Trafficking

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