Remie's son survived, but has cerebral palsy. His therapies are demanding and expensive. Like his older siblings, he is now motherless. Tragedies like Remie's are a too common occurrence in Uganda. Each day, 17 mothers die from pregnancy or birth-related complications and 106 newborns die.
Current year's Eid al-Adha calls for a conversation among Muslims and all global citizens. We intend to prompt the global conscientiousness regarding the need to help the needy as well as confront those committing crimes against their fellow man and our shared earth.
I felt I owed it to my grandmother, for the privilege of being born safe and secure and loved. I felt I owed it to the children's faces that peered out of the photograph albums she has pieced together over the years; some who survived, many others who didn't.
Protecting and nurturing children is absolutely vital to a more prosperous future and a world free of poverty, violence and inequality. But we can make a difference only when everyone gets involved to support change.
When we stop behaving like xenophobic, isolationist silos, we might be able to prevent masses of people trying to escape abuse in their communities. We wait for crises to happen. We spend little time and money on prevention and we are in denial about the condition of the human spirit.
As I look back on all the orphans I have met through my international development work as a pediatrician and adoption medicine specialist, I recognize that the most startling aspect of the orphan is their lack of self-soothing skills.
I write this blog while I am still in Congo, before my memory loses the smallest of the details. I wish you could smell and feel what I have experienced and witnessed. But my words, I am afraid, are all I can share with you.
Armed with a new study, Both Ends Burning, a nonprofit organization focused on advocating children's right to permanent families, is urging the Department of State to reopen adoptions from Nepal, which have been closed to U.S. citizens since 2010.