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We had a lot of trouble with Western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave.
They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better. There was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again. There was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy. There was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again.
Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave."
American mother on her 12-year-old adopted daughter.
From When Children Are Traded, published November 20, 2013 in The New York Times.
I remember reading the Reuters investigative report on foreign adoptions gone wrong this year - there are white people who repeatedly adopt foreign children or buy them underground online. I still think about that article every day, and this quote or something similar to it appeared in many parents’ mouths - that they wouldn’t mind having someone kill their children than have to spend another minute with them.
But to racist Americans trying to silence adoptees and POC when we shed light on yet another case of adopted child abandonment, this growing cesspool of child trafficking and abuse counts as “POSSIBLY NOTHING”
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