Ethiopian Family Searching for Three Brothers Adopted in 1985 from Amhara Region

Wagaye Endale is looking for his 3 brothers who were adopted around 1985 to an unknown country. They were Kassa Endale (born around 1970 and age 15 at adoption), Desalegn (born after 1975 and under 10 at adoption), and an unnamed baby (born in 1984-85 and less then a year at adoption). Ethiopian parents were Yeshitu Arege (mother) and Endale Zegye (father). His mother left their home in Wollo with the 3 brothers to go to Ebnat near Addis Zemen / Addis  Abreham, where there was a feeding center during the 1985 famine.  The children were taken from the feeding center after their mother died.

Submitted by Ethiopian Family, brother, searching for 3 brothers

Child’s Information

Wagaye Endale, brother
Wagaye Endale, brother

Gender of Child male

Ethnicity of Child Amhara

Year of child’s birth 1970

Ethiopian birth Name of Child Kassa Endale

Name of child at the time of adoption Kassa

Ethiopian family members’ names Yeshitu Arege (mother), Endale Zegye (father), Wagaye (brother)

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 15

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 1985

Age of child at adoption 15

Year child was adopted 1985

Number of siblings/cousins adopted with the child 2

Number of siblings/cousins adopted to other families 2

Additional information about siblings His 2 brothers, Desalegn (under 10 yrs.) and baby brother (unamed, about 6-8 months) were adopted at the same time

Additional information about the child Kassa had health problems (he was sick) and a growth on the back of his neck

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed -UNKNOWN Adoption Agency

Country to which the child was adopted -UNKNOWN receiving country

Orphanage/care center #1

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

Region of orphanage or care center -UNKNOWN region in Ethiopia

Zone of orphanage or care center -UNKNOWN zone

City/Town of orphanage or care center -UNKNOWN city or town

Orphanage/care center #2

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

Information for Relinquished Children

Region where child was relinquished Amhara Region

Zone where child was relinquished South Gondar Zone

City/town where child was relinquished Unknown possibly Addis Zemen or Addis  Abreham

Additional information  Children were taken from the feeding center in Ebnat (close to Addis Zemen) and were possibly transferred to an orphanage somewhere before being adopted

Additional information that could be useful in making a match Wagaye Endale is looking for his 3 brothers. He lives in a village called Abam Abo in a very remote area of Northern Wollo, which was hit very hard by drought and famine in 1985. His mother left Wollo with his 3 brothers to go to Ebnat, where there was a feeding center. Wagaye (who was around 6 or 7 at the time) stayed behind with his father (Endale Zegye), to work as a shepherd so they could earn some money. His father eventually passed away, leaving Wagaye the only one left in his immediate family. The children were taken from the feeding center after their mother died and father did not have the means to care for them.

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