There Is No Me Without You: One Womans Odyssey to Rescue Africas Children by Melissa Fay GreeneA novel of tragedy and hope set in AIDS-torn Ethiopia. When Haregwoin Teferra’s husband and daughter died within a few years of each other, her life is shattered and she becomes a recluse. But then a priest delivers an orphan to her door. The another, and another... and together they thrive.
The distinguished author of Praying for Sheetrock and two-time National Book award finalist puts a human face on the AIDS crisis in Africa.
When Haregwoin Teferra’s husband and 23-year-old daughter died within a few years of each other, her middle-class life in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was shattered. Bereft and with little to live for, Haregwoin became a recluse. Her self-imposed exile to a hut near her daughter’s grave was interrupted when a priest delivered first one, then another, orphaned teenager into her care. To everyone’s surprise, the children thrived, and so did Haregwoin. As word spread, children of all ages began to appear at her modest home: an infant brought by a dying mother, an orphaned brother and sister whose grandfather was too poor to feed them, a baby left on her doorstep. Haregwoin’s small compound became known as the rare place where ailing parents and impoverished families could safely leave their children. Soon Haregwoin was caring for sixty children, running an unofficial orphanage and day school, and learning first-hand about her country’s and her continent’s greatest challenge: the AIDS pandemic that is leaving millions of children without parents to care for them.
With the flair and grace of a novelist and the reportorial instincts of a seasoned journalist, Melissa Fay Greene gets to the heart of the AIDS crisis, in a story that is nevertheless one of hope. There Is No Me Without You is the story of Haregwoin and her children: a story of struggle and despair, but also of the triumph of saved lives, and the renewed happiness of children welcomed by adoptive parents in Ethiopia, America, and around the world. Haregewoin’s remarkable story convinces us that the crisis in Africa touches every one of us in some fundamental way. At heart, this book is about children and the parents they need to care for them.
Dream of adopting child from Africa becomes nightmare for couple
Motivated by their Christian faith, the couple signed up with one of more than adoption agencies specializing in matching Americans with children in developing countries. The agency, Little Miracles, told them about Uganda, where faith-based orphanages and child care institutions have proliferated amid rampant poverty. The agency, which says it has carried out 31 successful international adoptions of Ugandan children, presented the couple with opportunities to help African children orphaned by, and infected with, HIV. However, after receiving details about the first child from the agency, the Knudsens quickly became skeptical. In its response, Little Miracles LMI denied the allegations, adding that client confidentiality prevented it from discussing the details of specific cases. Little Miracles said it was unable to disclose the details of the second case, adding it had provided the Knudsens with full information.
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Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Karen Brown with her two adopted children, one-year-old Nyla from Rwanda and four-year-old Makena from China. Story highlights African children's rights groups calls for cut in international adoptions Adoption abroad should be discouraged "at all costs,'" says African Child Policy Forum Experts are meeting in Ethiopia this week to discuss sharp rise in adoptions Adoptions from Africa have surged three-fold in 8 years as total adoptions have dropped. Nyla was just two or three days old, no one really knows for sure, when she was found abandoned in the middle of a field in Rwanda. She was "black and blue," says her adoptive mother, Karen Brown. Her umbilical cord was still attached.
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You're considering adopting a child from an African nation. What are a few things that you should know about adoption in general and adopting a child from Africa specifically?, T he first time I considered giving up my baby, Dan, I was lying alone in bed. It was midnight, my children were asleep and my husband, a serviceman, was deployed away from home.