News reports of adoption
irregularities in the
Republic of the Congo
Below are some news articles compiled by the Schuster Institute about adoptions from the Republic of the Congo.
“Congo-Brazzaville; Government Lifts Ban On Foreign Adoptions,” March 5, 2008, allAfrica.com.
Article reports that the Republic of Congo lifted the ban on the international adoption of children that had been imposed four months earlier. The suspension took place following the arrest of members of a French NGO in Chad who were charged with abducting children for families in Europe.
“Chad Arrests Prompt Suspension of International Child Adoption,” November 1, 2007, allAfrica.com.
The Congo temporarily suspended international adoptions in the wake of the Zoe’s Ark incident in Chad. The article cites the Congolese minister in charge of justice and human rights, saying that adoption processes are often not followed. Article reports that a 2006 joint study by the Congo government, the Justice and Peace Commission, and the UN Children's Fund revealed that there were about 2,000 child victims of cross-border trafficking in Congo during that year. Most of those children came from West African countries, including Benin, Mali, Senégal and Togo. Others were from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon.”
NOTE: This page from the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism website offers documentation of and background about serious irregularities in international adoption. For the systemic analysis of corruption in international adoption, please read “The Lie We Love,” Foreign Policy magazine, Nov./Dec. 2008, and visit our webpages dedicated to international adoption. For ideas about fairer policy solutions, please read “The Baby Business,” Democracy Journal, Summer 2010.
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