Somewhere in the World a Child is Crying
Although this poem references war it can just as easily apply to orphans. I haven’t written yet about this awful crime against children as I was hoping against hope that Putin would not sign the bill. But he has put politics over the needs of children, many of them disabled or suffering from other disorders, living in orphanages, waiting and hoping for forever homes. Not to mention the families here who are in the process of adoptions but now may never see their kids come home.
I have a big dog in this fight as I am an adoptive mother of three kids from Korea. (I probably shouldn’t say “kids” as they now range in age from 28 to 34 but they’re always kids to their mom.) And I know what these families and their waiting kids are going through as, when we were in the process of adopting in 1989, the Korean government got miffed at the U.S. and announced their intent to cancel all pending adoptions and terminate the adoption program. Eventually they relented and, after six months of limbo, we got the call that the kids (who are biological siblings) were being thrown on a plane before the government changed its mind and be at the airport on Tuesday!
23 years ago that was and I still remember the misery of possibly losing our kids, whose pictures we had, who we’d written to, who we were already deeply bonded to, so intensely that I broke down and cried when I read that Putin had actually signed that cruel bill.
Children should not be pawns in political games. Period. Putin and the Russian legislature should pick on someone their own size. I don’t know exactly what the best course of action is. When we were waiting we were advised not to try and get our Congressional representatives to interfere as the issue was “sensitive”. But in this case the Russians have made it clear that the decision is political retaliation for recently passed U.S. legislation dealing with human rights abuses. Funny that you would express dismay over being called on abusing human rights by trampling on the rights of children to have a loving home. So maybe, if anyone is so inclined, writing your Congressperson and/or Senators is a good idea. If I get any other information I’ll put it in an update.
And thanks for letting me vent.