Adoptee Search: Girl Born 1999 Near Addis Ababa Adopted to Spain in 2004 via Associació Iniciativa Pro Infància and Missionaries of Charity

Ethiopian adoptee searching for Ethiopian family. Bekelech  / Bekelu (name may have been given by orphanage) was born in 1999 in the outskirts of Addis Abeba. Her mother died in childbirth when she was around 5 years old. She remembers having a younger brother and an older brother who may be 5+ years older and named Teka or Tamrat. She remembers being in more then one orphanage including one called Atetegeb Worku which was closed due to bad conditions and Missionaries of Charity. She was adopted to Spain in 2004 through Associació Iniciativa Pro Infància (IPI).

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Child’s Information

5 years old

Gender of Child Girl

Ethnicity of Child Oromo

Additional information about child’s ethnicity I think, I was born in the outskirts of Addis Abeba. Perhaps, in the southeast of Oromia region.

Year of child’s birth 1999

Name of child at the time of adoption  Bekelech ( written in the passport), I think this name was giving by the orphanage. Bekelu

Ethiopian birth name of child My older brother and my mum used to call me little. I think, it was in Oromia.

Age of child at adoption 5 years

Year child was adopted 2004

Give information about child’s Ethiopian family, if known. We used to live in the outskirts of Addis Abeba. We used two houses. One in front of the other one. My mom used to wear hijab, but I am not sure if my parents were Muslims, Christian Orthodox or a mix. Mother died in child birth along with the child. My older brother’s name is Teka or Tamrat. Currently, I am 19 turning 20 soon. Therefore, my older brother might be 5 or more than five years older than me. Perhaps, he was with me in the first illegal orphanage that was shut down due to the bad conditions. I also had a younger brother. I think, our father stopped looking after us when my mother died. 

Additional information I have a bite of a hyenna en my right toe. Additionally, I have a birthmark at my back.

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 5 years

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2004

Region of origin Oromia Region

Zone of origin UNKNOWN zone

City/town of origin UNKNOWN city or town

Give information about how the child became available for adoption My birth mum died while giving birth one my siblings. We are in total four. I think one died while our mum was giving birth to him/her. Additionally, we were facing economic difficulties.

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed Associació Iniciativa Pro Infància (IPI) (Spain)

List adoption agency workers with titles if known The director of this adoption agency is Santi.

Adoptive Country Spain

Additional information regarding adoption agency and/or country of adoption The full name of the adoption agency ( written as it is on my documents ): Atetegeb Worku Metaseba  Welage Aleba Hitsanat Mergu Maheber. I joined this orphanage on June 29th, 1996 E.C. I guess, E.C stands for Ethiopian calendar.

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Atetegeb or Atetegeb Worku

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

Additional Information about Orphanage It was shut down due to the children’s bad condition.

Orphanage/care center #2

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Missionaries of Charity

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

Additional information that could be useful to the case I remember that I have been in more than one orphanage.

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