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Story Publication logo January 5, 2012

Who’s Intimidating Ethiopia’s Adoption Searchers?

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Over the past several years, Ethiopia has rapidly become one of the top "sending countries" in...

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In Ethiopia, specialized independent researchers known as "searchers" work in a unique field that few outside the community of adoptive parents even know exists. They track down an adopted child's history and birth family, often at the behest of adoptive parents in the U.S. or Europe. But as more searchers turn up stories of fraud, corruption and worse, they are facing threats and violence, sometimes from representatives of adoption agencies that are well-known in the West.






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