African child adoptions 领养非洲儿童

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Image caption The number of adoptions from African countries has greatly increased.

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兒童福利機構專家表示近年來非洲國家兒童被領養的數量大幅上升。根據一項最新調查報告,非洲兒童政策論壇說來自美國和世界其他多個國家的領養者來非洲領養兒童的數量在過去八年內上漲了三倍。請聽 BBC 記者 Mary Harper 的報道。

The African Child Policy Forum says more than 41,000 African children have been sent overseas for adoption in the past eight years. Most go to the United States, others to Western Europe and Canada. The situation is especially dramatic in Ethiopia which, the report says, now sends more children abroad for adoption than any other country, apart from China.

One reason for the increase in adoption from Africa is that it is more difficult to adopt children from countries in South America and Eastern Europe because many have limited or shut down overseas adoption programmes. As a result, the report says, countries such as the United States have turned en masse to Africa to find children to adopt.

The African Child Policy Forum insists every child has the right to be reared in the country in which it was born, an opinion shared by Mr Bekele of the Abebech Gobena orphanage [in Ethiopia]: "We prefer local adoption to international adoption because the children will not be uprooted from their culture, from their people, and they will not forget their country or their language."