Adoptee Search: Girl Born and Relinquished in Djibouti 1989 Adopted to Belgium

Adoptee searching for Ethiopian family. Nathalie Guirma Salgay was born and relinquished in Djibouti (city) in 1989 by her mother directly to her Belgian adoptive parents. Her Ethiopian mother’s name was Tensaye or Tisane G.S. and she was from Dire Dawa where her mother (adoptee’s maternal grandmother) still lived with the adoptee’s older half brother, Patrick. Tensaye is believed to have returned to Ethiopia after giving birth. Nathalie  was adopted to Belgium.

Submitted by Adoptee searching for Ethiopian family

Child’s Information

Gender of Child Girl

Year of child’s birth 1989

Name of child at the time of adoption Nathalie

Ethiopian birth name of child Nathalie Guirma Salgay (possible name)

Age of child at adoption 0-12 months

Year child was adopted 1989

Give information about child’s Ethiopian family, if known. My biological mother’s name is Tensaye G. S. She is from Dire Dawa but was living in Djibouti (city) at the time she was pregnant with me. She met my Belgian adoptive parents when pregnant and said she was married and had a family in Ethiopia and that I was the child of an adulterous relation with a white military officer, that’s why she could not keep me. My mother also said that she was from a family of 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls, one of her brother died in prison because of terrorist acts against Menghistu. 2 siblings were in The Netherlands. And their father died. Her mother (my maternal grandmother) was still in Dire Dawa and was taking care of my mother’s first son (Patrick) while my mom was in Djibouti. My mother gave birth in the medical clinic of Ibn Sina in Djibout and supposedly went back to her family after she gave birth to me.

Additional information I have a picture of my mom at the age of 22 when she was pregnant with me. She has no particular physical traits but had a quite light skin colour and short hair. She was also quite short, probably less than 1m60.

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 0-12 months

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 1989

To the best of your knowledge, child was Relinquished

Name and relationship of relinquishing adult Tensaye (Tisane?) G. S. Biological mother

Do you believe child(ren) were relinquished willingly? Yes

Adoption Agency Information

List adoption agency workers with titles if known The adoption was not done through any adoption agency.

Adoptive Country Belgium

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption UNKNOWN orphanage

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