Adoptee Search: Girl Born in 1996 in Hana Mariam/ Saris Area of Addis Ababa Adopted 1997 to Netherlands through Stichting Afrika via Kidane Mehret

Adoptee searching for Ethiopian Family. Female, birth name Mihret, born in 1996. She was born at the home of a woman named Mama Elifu who is believed to be a relative likely her aunt. Mama Elifu, now decreased, lived in the Hana Mariam/Saris Area of Addis Ababa. Neighbors report that she was often visited by her young niece who is believed to be the mother but her name is unknown. Mihret was relinquished and placed in Kidane Mehret under Nun Masir who may have known the family. On January 12th, 1997 at about nine months of age, she was adopted to the Netherlands through Stichting Afrika.

Submitted by Adoptee searching for Ethiopian Family

Child’s Information

Age of Child in Photo
About 9 Months

Gender of Child Girl

Ethnicity of Child Possibly Oromo

Year of child’s birth 1996

Ethiopian birth name of child  Mihret (given to me by my birthmother)

Age of child at adoption 0-12 months

Year child was adopted 1997

Give information about child’s Ethiopian family, if known. Mama Elifu, descended for many years, is a relative, possibly aunt. Medical paperwork showed that I was born at her home in the Hana Mariam/Saris Area in Addis Ababa during a time her young niece spent 5-6 months with her. My mother’s name is unknown, although she did write a letter what was never given to me.

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

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

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 1996

To the best of your knowledge, child was Relinquished

Region of relinquishment Addis Ababa Region

Zone of relinquishment Addis Ababa – Addis Ababa Region

City/town of relinquishment Addis Ababa

Name and relationship of relinquishing adult Mama Elifu who was the older niece (aunt? cousin?) from my mother. I was born at her house in the Hana Mariam/Saris Area in Addis Ababa.

Do you believe child(ren) were relinquished willingly? No

If you answered “No” to the previous question, please explain I believe my mother went along with the situation. I believe that she was young

Police officer involved with the case Unknown

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed Stichting Afrika

List adoption agency workers with titles if known Ethiopian representative: Mr. Alemu Tadesse Taxi Chaffeur: Getachew

Additional information Adopted January 12th, 1997 at about nine months of age.

Adoptive Country Netherlands

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Kidane Mehret

Orphanage or care center workers and their titles Nun Masir

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

Age of Child in Photo
10/11 Months

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Wogayuh Care center

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 that could be useful to the case I think the nun Masir and Mama Elifu could have had a connection somehow.

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