Adoption Corruption, North Korean Oppression

Friends and the news have provided some thought-provoking reading this week.

Corruption in Intercountry Adoption

First, an excellent article on corrupt intercountry adoption practices, including one of the clearest descriptions of child laundering that I've seen: The Lie We Love by E. J. Graff, associate director and senior researcher at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis. The Schuster Gender & Justice Project has also begun a website to follow Corruption in International Adoptions.

Edited 12-17-08 to add: Another article by E. J. Graff, The problem with saving the world's 'orphans' from the December 11, 2008 Boston Globe.

Also, a 2002 New York Times article on Cambodian adoption: Where Do Babies Come From?

orth Korean Oppression

Yesterday's Washington Post features the story of the only known escape from a North Korean prison camp: Escapee Tells of Horrors in North Korean Prison Camp. The article, which tells an absolutely terrifying tale, prompted me to do something that I have been meaning to do for some time: make a donation to LiNK, Liberty in North Korea, in support of their work. LiNK has begun a holiday exchange to encourage those of us with plenty to sacrifice some to help North Korean refugees. There's an option on the exchange site to set up a recurring donation at any amount, which is an excellent way to give more. Please PLEASE consider supporting LiNK this holiday season and in the future!

For those who are interested in learning more about oppression in North Korea, I recommend The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag. Stories like those of the Kang family of Aquariums and Shin Dong-hyuk of the article in this week's Post make the horror real, and must be read.


Heidi Biglin said…
Your blog has been really wonderful and honest to read. We are just re-grouping after a failed attempt at adopting a child from Kazakhstan (our agency went under, etc), and can now really stand behind the need for adoption reform (prior to this, I think we were uninformed). We are now hoping to adopt a child from Korea, but want to be responsible about embracing and integrating Korean culture into our family. Your viewpoints have been helpful to read as we re-start our journey. Anyways, just wanted you to know we are out there, checking out your blog!:)

Heidi & Terry Biglin
Margie said…
Heidi and Terry, thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it!
Nikki said…
Thanks for the info about LINK and the book. I didn't know of them before

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