Habiba Nosheen and Lisa Desai for the Pulitzer Center, Kathmandu, Nepal
The U.S. State Department has suspended adoption of abandoned Nepalese children, citing numerous examples of unreliable and possibly fraudulent documents.
For American families who were in the midst of finalizing adoptions from Nepal, the new U.S. policy left them in limbo. The onus was now on those families to prove that the child they wanted to adopt is a legitimate orphan. Habiba Nosheen traveled to Nepal to meet American adoptive parents who are fighting to bring their adopted children home, as well as Nepalese biological parents whose children were put up for adoption without their consent.
Habiba Nosheen is a Peabody Award-winning Pakistani journalist and a filmmaker based in New York. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she teaches...