Ethiopian mother, Demeku, is searching for her son born in 1975 and adopted to Germany at 7 years of age. His mother called him Meiji but he was adopted under the name Reyote Kebebe Tsehay through Kebebe Tsehaye Orphanage. This father’s name was Feyesa but Meiji did not have the name of his father. Meiji was adopted without the knowledge of his mother. Due to a series of tragic circumstances, Demeku was separated from her son when he was two years old and she thought he was living with his father. Though she tried, she was unable to locate her son. She has been searching for years and years. In January 2018 she finally learned that he was adopted to Germany. Demeku spent years searching, through the father, Hailu, the orphanage, etc. She is desperate to find her child.
መረጃውን ያስገባው / Submitted by ኢትዮጵያውያን ቤተሰብ / Ethiopian Family
ስለ ህጻኑ(ኗ) መረጃ / Child’s Information
የህጻኑ(ኗ) ጾታ Gender of Child ወንድ Boy
የህጻኑ(ኗ) ብሄር / Ethnicity of Child ኦሮሞ Oromo
የህጻኑ(ኗ) የልደት ቀን(እንደ አውሮፓውያን አቆጣጠር) / Year of Child’s Birth (Western Calendar) 1975
ህጻኑ(ኗ) ሲወለድ የተሰጠው ስም( ቅጽል ስሞችን ይጨምሩ) / Birth Name of Child Meiji (after the baby milk he used to take). His full name would have been Meiji Feyessa Abate.
የማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ) ስም (በማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ) ሂደት የልጆች ስም ብዙ ጊዜ ሊለዋወጥ ይችላል:: ስለዚህ እርግጠኛ ካልሁኑ “ሊሆን የሚችል ስም” ይበሉ::) / Name at time of adoption The orphanage called him Reyote Kebebe Tsehay.
ወደ ህጻናት ማሳደጊያ ሲገባ(ስትገባ) የህጻኑ(ኗ) እድሜ ወይም ለመጨረሻ ጊዜ ህጻኑ(ኗ)ን ሲያዩት እድሜው(እድሜዋ) ስንት ነበር / Age child entered care center or orphanage Demeke was separated from Meiji when he was 2.5 years old. He was adopted around age 7.
ልጅዎ በ መች ዓመተምህረት ወደ ህጻናት ማሳደጊያ ገባ(ገባች)? ወይም ለመጨረሻ ጊዜ ህጻኑን(ኗን) ያዩት በ መች ዓመተምህረት ነው(እንደ አውሮፓውያን አቆጣጠር) / Year child entered a care center or orphanage (Western calendar) 1978
ለ ማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ) ሲሰጥ(ስትሰጥ) የህጻኑ እድሜ / Age of child at adoption 7 years
ለማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ) የተሰጠው(ችው) በመች ዓመተምህረት / Year child was adopted (Western calendar) 1982-1983
ለማደጎ( ጉዲፈቻ) ስለተሰጠው ልጅዎ ተጨማሪ መረጃ( ህጻኑ(ኗ) ሊያስታውሳቸው የሚችሉ ሌሎች ሰወች፣ ህጻኑ(ኗ) ሰውነት ላይ ያለ ጠባሳ፣ የማሪያም ስመት(ሽታ)፣ የአካል ጉዳት፣ የቀዶ ህክምና፣ ልዮ መገላጫዎች ወዘተ) / Additional information about the adopted child (other people the child may remember, scars, birthmarks, disabilities, etc.) He might remember his name Meiji and his mom. He was 2 years and half and he was a fast runner for his age.
ስለ ጉዲፈቻ ቤተሰቦች መረጃ (የጉዲፈቻ ቤተሰቦቹ ስም፣ ስለቤተሰቡ የሚያውቁት ማንኛውም አይነት ነገር) / Give information about adoptive family Meiji’s mother learnt in January 2018, after many searches, that her Meiji had been adopted to Germany.
የልጅዎን ታሪክ እንዴት ለጉዲፌቻ እንደተሰጠ በአጭሩ ይንገሩን / Adoption Story
ልጅዎ ለማደጎ( ለጉዲፈቻ) / The child was ተጥሎ ተገኝቶ / Abandoned
ልጅዎ የት ነው ተጥሎ የነበረው? ከተማ, ወረዳ, ቀበሌ, ማንኛውም የመሬት ምልክት / Where was the child left? City, Woreda, Kebele, Landmarks It is a complicated story. It is hard to say that he was deliberately abandoned. Demeku left him at his father Feyessa’s boss’ house. The boss was named Hailu and he was the chairman of Kebele 9, Kefetegna 20 (now known as Woreda). Hailu later gave him to the orphanage when Meiji’s father was deployed and had to spend 4 years in a war zone. Demeku thought that her child was living with his father.
Demeku searched for years and only learned in Jan 2018 that her son was sent abroad. She thought Hailu had given him to his father.
ልጅዎን ማነው የጣለው? / Who left the child? Demeku left him with Hailu, Feyessa’s boss, believing the boy would be given to his father.
ልጅዎን ወዴት ወሰዱት? / Where did they take the child? Hailu took him to Kebebe Tsehay Orphange in Addis
የኃላ መረጃ ወይም ቀድመ ታርክ / Background information or story Demeku and Feyessa were lovers but they were not able to live together due to financial constraints they had at that time. When Demeku found out she was pregnant she went to her birth place Fedese, Harara to give birth in her own mother house. She named her baby Meiji after the powder milk she used to feed him. When Meiji was 2 and half years she came back to Addis to look for Feyesa but he has started a new life. They were making custody arrangements and Feyessa’s boss Hailu got in the middle to reconcile them and he took Demeku and Meiji to his house. Meiji was happy when he saw Hailu’s children. But in the morning before the reconciliation she learned her older brother was coming from Harar in a helicopter because of an injury he encountered due to war broken out between Somali and Ethiopia. She found that he lost his leg and and eye and his injury was severe. She was the only person who could help him in the hospital. However, she was not allowed to take her baby with her to the hospital, since children were not allowed in. She left Meiji with Hailu, thinking he will give the baby to his father. However, the father who was a truck driver, was deployed to a war zone and was not able to take him to his home. Feyesa (father) was in a war zone in Asmara for 4 years. When Demeku came back to check on her child Hailu had moved and Demeku had no way to find the whereabouts of Feyessa and Meiji. After many searches all these years, she found out at last on Jan 2018, that her Meiji was given a name Reyote KebebeTsehay and adopted to Germany.
ስለ ህጻናት ማሳደጊያ ድርጅቱ መረጃ / Orphanage and Care Center Information
የህጻናት ማሳደጊያው ስም / Name of orphanage or care center Kebebe Tsehaye
የህጻናት ማሳደጊያው ያለበት ወይም የነበረበት ክልል / Region of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa Region
የህጻናት ማሳደጊያው ያለበት ወይም የነበረበት ከተማ / City/Town of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa
ስለ ማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ) አስፈጻሚው ድርጅት መረጃ / Adoption Agency Information
ማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ)ውን ያስፈጸመው ድርጅት / Adoption agency that processed the adoption Unknown
ስለ ማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ) አስፈጻሚው ድርጅት ተጨማሪ መረጃ / Additional adoption agency information The agency was known by a man named Dr Assefa whose wife was a German. Now he is living in Mekele may be running an orphanage.
ማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ)ውን ያስፈጸመው ድርጅት የኢትዮጵያ ተወካይ / Ethiopian representative of adoption agency Maybe Dr Assefa
ህጻኑ(ኗ) ማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ) የተሰጠበት(የተሰጠችበት) ሃገር / Country to which child was adopted Germany
የውጪ ጉዲፈቻ ኤጀንሲ ተወካይ ስም ማነው? / What is foreign adoption agency representative name? Maybe Dr Assefa
ልጅዎን ለማፈላለግ የሚጠቅም ተጨማሪ መረጃ / Additional information that could be useful in finding your child Meji’s name has been changed in the orphanage and was known as Reyote Kebebe Tsehaye at the time of adoption. He did not take his real father ‘s name. His mother remembers that he liked to run and he was very fast!
ኢትዮጵያዊ ቤተሰብ /የወላጅ አድራሻ ማለትም፤ ወረዳ፣ ቀበሌ፣ የአካባቢው ልዩ መጠሪያ ስም፣( ለምሳሌ ቦሳ ቃጫ፣ ቆንቶ፣ ጉልጉላ ወዘተ) በአቅራቢያ ያለ የመንግስት ተቋም ( ለምሳሌ ጤና ጣቢያ፣ የቀበሌ ጽ/ቤት፣ ትም/ቤት ወዘተ) የአካባቢው ሁኔታ( ተራራማ ፣ ሜዳማ፣ ጨፌ ወዘተ) በአካባቢው ያለ የህዝብ መገልገያ ( ለምሳሌ ገበያ) አካባቢው ከዋና ከተማ ያለበት አቅጣጫ (ወደ ሰሜን፣ ደቡብ ወዘተ) እንዲሁም ከዋና ከተማ ያለው ርቀት / Location of Ethiopian family including Woreda, Kebele, specific area name (Kacha, Konto, Gulgula), any government facilities near the area (health center, Kebele office, school, etc.) landmarks (mountain, flat area, etc), public facilities (market), direction from main town (north/south/east/west), distance from main town, etc. Addis Ababa