Sierra Leone Parents Say Children Adopted Without Consent
By Nina DeVries
July 23, 2012 / VoiceofAmerica
For years, parents in the West African nation of Sierra Leone have claimed their children were adopted without their consent during the country's civil war in the 1990s. A police investigation was concluded recently regarding their claims. And staff from the agency that handled the adoptions have been charged with 32 counts, including human trafficking.
"Whenever I go to bed I see their faces, whatever I'm doing, normally my mind will drop to them," said Abu Bakar Kargbo as he recalled his two siblings who were allegedly adopted illegally.
For 15 years he has been determined to find out where they are and let them know it was never the intent of their parents to give them up.
He is also the spokesperson for 29 other parents who claim they never gave up their children.
The parents say they left them at the Help A Needy Child International Center, or HANCI, during the war temporarily, so they would be safe and receive education.
HANCI then apparently contacted Maine Adoption Placement Services, which placed 29 children with parents in the United States.