Ethiopian Father Searching for Girl Born in 1984 Last Seen at Feeding Center in Ebnat

Ethiopian father searching for female born province of Gondar — a village on the border of Gondar/Wollo called Qualisa. She was born in 1984. The family migrated to Ebnat during the famine and the child was relinquished at the feeding center at Ebnat in 1986 by her father, Birhanu Dereje. He was told she was taken by humanitarian workers and might have been transferred to an unknown orphanage in Gondar or in Addis Ababa. She may have been adopted to an unknown country sometime after 1986.  

Submitted by Ethiopian Family – Father searching for child

Child’s Information

Birhanu Dereje, father, taken in May 2016
Birhanu Dereje, father, taken in May 2016

Gender of Child female

Ethnicity of Child Amhara

Additional information about child’s ethnicity Her parents are from Wollo.

Year of child’s birth 1984

Ethiopian birth Name of Child Child did not have a name yet

Ethiopian family members’ names Birhanu Dereje, father. Enanu Mengistu, mother.

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 2

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 1986

Age of child at adoption 2- 3

Year child was adopted  She may have been adopted sometime after being relinquished  to the feeding center in 1986.

Number of siblings/cousins adopted with the child 0

Number of siblings/cousins adopted to other families 0

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 Possibly Gondar or Addis Ababa

Orphanage/care center #2

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

Information for Relinquished Children

Name of person who relinquished child Birhanu Dereje

Region where child was relinquished Amhara Region

Zone where child was relinquished North Gondar – Amhara Region

City/town where child was relinquished Ebnat

Additional information about relinquishment The child, who was about 2 years old at the time, was relinquished by her father, Birhanu at the Feeding Center in Ebnat in 1986. Birhanu was told that the child was taken by humanitarian workers and that she might have been transferred to an orphanage in Gondar or in Addis Ababa. Birhanu is from Wollo but he had migrated to Ebnat because of the major drought and famine that hit Northern Wollo in 1984. She was last seen at the Feeding Center in Ebnat. She may have been adopted sometime after being relinquished in 1986.

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