Ethiopian Family Search – Mother Searching for Girl Bethlehem Adopted at Age 4 in 1989

Ethiopian mother Hanna F., pictured, is searching for female child Bethlehem Birhanu or Betelehem adopted from Addis Ababa in 1989 at the age of 4. The child’s nicknames were Tutti and Emush, and her paperwork may contain those names. Bethlehem’s grandmother gave her for adoption falsely stated she was abandoned because the child needed immediate medical care. Her head was enlarged due to a medical problem that could not be treated in Ethiopia. The family believes the child was given to the Swedish Mission and she may have been in SOS Infants Ethiopia, but the information could be wrong. She is most likely adopted to a Scandinavian country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, or Finland. 

መረጃውን ያስገባው / Submitted by Ethiopian Mother with a friend’s help

ስለ ህጻኑ(ኗ) መረጃ / Child’s Information

የህጻኑ(ኗ) ጾታ Gender of Child ሴት Girl

Bethlehem’s Mother

የህጻኑ(ኗ) ብሄር / Ethnicity of Child አማራ Amhara

የህጻኑ(ኗ) የልደት ቀን(እንደ አውሮፓውያን አቆጣጠር) / Year of Child’s Birth (Western Calendar) 1984

ህጻኑ(ኗ) ሲወለድ የተሰጠው ስም( ቅጽል ስሞችን ይጨምሩ) / Birth Name of Child Bethlehem Birhanu with nick names TUTTI & EMUSH

የማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ) ስም (በማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ) ሂደት የልጆች ስም ብዙ ጊዜ ሊለዋወጥ ይችላል:: ስለዚህ እርግጠኛ ካልሁኑ “ሊሆን የሚችል ስም” ይበሉ::) / Name at time of adoption Bethlehem Birhanu, or one of her nick names, (TUTTI BIRHANU OR EMUSH BIRHANU)

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 4 years

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)1989

ለ ማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ) ሲሰጥ(ስትሰጥ) የህጻኑ እድሜ / Age of child at adoption 4 years

ለማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ) የተሰጠው(ችው) በመች ዓመተምህረት / Year child was adopted (Western calendar) 1989

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.) The child had a medical problem on her head which meant her head was not proportional to her body. It was abnormally large compared to the rest of her body and she had a problem carrying it. She usually spend her time lying on her back and that was the main reason she was given to adoption.

ስለ ጉዲፈቻ ቤተሰቦች መረጃ (የጉዲፈቻ ቤተሰቦቹ ስም፣ ስለቤተሰቡ የሚያውቁት ማንኛውም አይነት ነገር) / Give information about adoptive family The family is not 100% sure, but they believe the child was taken to the Swedish Mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

የልጅዎን ታሪክ እንዴት ለጉዲፌቻ እንደተሰጠ በአጭሩ ይንገሩን / Adoption Story

ልጅዎ ለማደጎ( ለጉዲፈቻ) / The child was የተሰጠው በፈቃድዎት / Given Voluntarily

ህጻኑን(ኗን) ለ ማደጎ( ጉዲፈቻ) የሰጠው ሰው ስም / Name of person who gave the child for adoption Mrs. Ayalnesh B

ህጻኑን(ኗን) ለ ማደጎ( ጉዲፈቻ) የሰጠው ሰው ከህጻኑ(ኗ) ጋር ያለው ዝምድና / Relationship of person who gave the child for adoption Grand Mother

ህጻኑን(ኗን) የተቀበለው ድርጅት / Organization that received the child The family is not 100% sure, but they believe the child was taken to the Swedish Mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

ህጻኑ(ኗ) ለ ማደጎ( ጉዲፈቻ) የተሰጠበት(የተሰጠችበት) ክልል, ዞን, ከተማ / Region, zone, town where child was given Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

የኃላ መረጃ ወይም ቀድመ ታርክ / Background information or story At the time of the adoption, the grandmother was caring for the child in Addis Ababa. She gave the child saying the child was abandoned but she was not. Grandmother did this because she was worried about Bethlehem’s health. She had an en;arged head and there was no treatment for it in Ethiopia at that time. Friends of her grandmother to hand her over to Swedish Mission to save the child’s life.

ስለ ህጻናት ማሳደጊያ ድርጅቱ መረጃ / Orphanage and Care Center Information

የህጻናት ማሳደጊያው ስም / Name of orphanage or care center MAYBE SOS Infants Ethiopia but the family does not know. SOS was the biggest orphanage at that time.

የህጻናት ማሳደጊያው ያለበት ወይም የነበረበት ክልል / Region of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa Region

ስለ የህጻናት ማሳደጊያው ተጫማሪ መረጃ / Additional information about orphanage or care center The family is not 100% sure, but they believe the child was taken to the Swedish Mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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 Swedish agency, likely the Swedish Mission

ህጻኑ(ኗ) ማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ) የተሰጠበት(የተሰጠችበት) ሃገር / Country to which child was adopted Unknown

ህጻኑ(ኗ) ማደጎ(ጉዲፈቻ) ስለተሰጠበት(ተሰጠችበት) ሃገር ተጨማሪ መረጃ / Additional Country Information
no information, but most probably it could be Sweden, Finland or some other Scandinavian country.

ልጅዎን ለማፈላለግ የሚጠቅም ተጨማሪ መረጃ / Additional information that could be useful in finding your child The enlargement of her head was the only special thing about her at the time of adoption. There’s no information i know of except her head problem.

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

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