Female twins Maeron and Frehiwot / Meron and Ferehiwot were born in Tigray in 1998. They were given for adoption as babies in 1999 due to poverty. The came from Alamata town and were first placed with the Labour and Social Affairs Bureau there. Next, they were moved to the Missionaries of Charity in Alamata before being transferred to Missionaries of Charity in Addis Ababa. The adoption was processed by the organization Les Enfants de la Reine de Miséricorde and the girls were adopted to France.
Submitted by Adoptee
Gender of Child Girl Twins
Year of child’s birth – give your best guess if you are unsure Born in 1998
Ethiopian birth name of children Maeron and Frehiwot
Age of child at adoption 0-12 months
Year child was adopted 1999 Year of Adoption
Give information about child’s Ethiopian family, if known. We don’t have any info other than our mother gave us away because of poverty. We don’t have any information about our father. We are twins. We were infants at the time.
Relinquishment or Abandonment Information
Age when child entered care center or orphanage 0-12 months
Year child entered a care center or orphanage 1998
To the best of your knowledge, child was Abandoned
Region child(ren) found Tigray Region
Zone child(ren) found South Tigray – Tigray Region
City/town child(ren) found Alamata
Details of child(ren)’s abandonment We were left at the Labour and Social Affairs Bureau of Alamata, Tigray. After that, we were given to the Missionary of Charity in Alamata.
Adoption Agency Information
Adoption agency through which the child was processed IN ETHIOPIA Les Enfants Reine de la Misericorde (France)
List adoption agency workers with titles if known Sister Decima José from the Missionary of Charity in Addis Ababa (sisters of Mother Theresa) and Asefa Kebede was the link with the French Christian charity Les Enfants de la Reine de Miséricorde.
Adoptive Country France
Orphanage/care center #1
Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Missionaries of Charity – First we were at the Missionary of Charity in Alamata and then we were transferred to their center in Addis Abeba.
Region of orphanage or care center Tigray Region, then Addis Ababa
Zone of orphanage or care center South Tigray – Tigray Region, then Addis Ababa