The Cost of Adoption

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Source: Tony Witton, Associated Press.

“I gained an education, I was able to attend private school, I’m a college graduate, I have my master’s degree, I am a teacher. I have two beautiful children. I have a husband,” she said. “And I lost my family…I never had that choice, but that’s what I did.”

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Haiti has had a long history that raises numerous questions around the area of adoption. Mariette Williams’ story is a prime example of why there’s so many questions on this issues. Williams who lived in a Haitian orphanage and was adopted by a Canadian couple in the 1980’s goes on a quest to find her birth family after 30 years and discovers the hidden truths about her adoption and life before moving to the U.S.

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There are so many issues with this story that I don’t even know where to begin. According to Ben Fox, from the Associated Press, in her quest to find her birth family, Williams discovered that her birth mother didn’t actually consent to giving up her daughter for adoption. In fact, she didn’t even know that a family had come to take her daughter away to the United States until she arrived at the orphanage and found that her daughter had disappeared. Stories like this used to happen too often in Haiti, until after the 2010 earthquake when the government decided to tighten their protocol for adoptions. Continue reading

Haiti Elections- Using Schools as a Channel to Further Corruption

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Source: Dieu Nalio Chery, Associated Press.

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Summary:

With the second round of elections in Haiti under way, allegations of fraud and corruption continue to arise. This article from Haiti Sentinel reports on the Haitian Tet Kale Party, the current party of the Martelly presidential administration, deceiving parents and caretakers of school children into participating in a presidential campaign rally. Caretakers were under the assumption that they had to attend a mandatory school meeting to register for a social assistance program. Cases like this are further increasing the lack of faith in the entire political process currently taking place in Haiti.

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The Haiti Sentinel is a local newspaper in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti that reports on the current events taking place in the country. Unlike mainstream news outlets that report on Haiti in the United States, this newspaper shares stories of the everyday lived experiences of the local Haitian people. Continue reading