Adoptee search: Boy Born 1999 Possibly in Wollo Adopted in 2001 from Missionaries of Charity through Ray of Hope

Adoptive parent searching for the Ethiopian family of a male born in 1999 possibly in Wollo. His birth name was Wasyehun Asnake /Wasihun Asenaku and his mother’s name was Zerkalem Sofuse. In 2001, he was brought to the Missionaries of Charity/ MOC orphanage in Addis Abeba by his mother who sufferd from TB and died in the hospital of MOC next to the orphanage in 09.01.2001. He was adopted to Belgium in 2001 through Ray of Hope.

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Child’s Information

Age of Child in Photo 1 Year and Half
Age of Child in Photo
1 Year and Half

Gender of Child male

Ethnicity of Child Amhara

Year of child’s birth 1999

Ethiopian birth Name of Child Wasyehun Asnake /Wasihun Asenaku

Name of child at the time of adoption Wasyehun Asnake – Abush

Ethiopian family members’ names Mother: Zerkalem Sofuse

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 1

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2001

Age of child at adoption 2

Year child was adopted 2001

Number of siblings/cousins adopted with the child 0

Number of siblings/cousins adopted to other families 0

Additional information about the child Our son was brought to the MOC orphanage in Addis Abeba by his own mother. His mother sufferd TB and died in the hospital of MOC next to the orphanage. Admission of his mother in the hospital 04.01.2001 where she died on 09.01.2001 at the age of 29. Information we have is they came from Wollo. Although they called him Wasyehun Asnake, his name on the admission was written Wasihun Asenaku.

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed Ray of Hope (Belgium)

Ethiopian representative of adoption agency Bruk Beyene

Country to which the child was adopted Belgium

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed Missionaries of Charity

Orphanage or care center representative At the time our son was adopted Sister Mariska was in charge

Other orphanage or care center workers Girma – office administration

Region of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa Region

Zone of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa – Addis Ababa Region

City/Town of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa

Orphanage/care center #2

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed UNKNOWN orphanage

Information for Relinquished Children

Age of Child in Photo 1 year and 1à months
Age of Child in Photo
1 year and 1à months

Name of person who relinquished child Zerkalem S.

Relationship of person who relinquished child Mother

Region where child was relinquished Addis Ababa Region

Zone where child was relinquished Addis Ababa – Addis Ababa Region

City/town where child was relinquished Addis Ababa

Additional relinquishment information Mother was sick, Tuberculosis, and was admitted to the hospital of MOC next to the Orphanage. She died a few days later

Additional information that could be useful in making a match The person who was acting as a lawyer for the orphanage at the time our son was adopted claims to have the complete information about his past with him.  He claims that the region our son was born is not at all Wollo.

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