A 3-year-old orphan girl in Egypt was sent back to the orphanage after the mother who adopted her discovered that she is pregnant. The incident not only shocked Egyptians but Arabs.
Yomna Dahrouj- one of the founders of the idea of adoption in Egypt- has appeared in a video that went viral on social media crying after a childless family decided to return the 3-year-old girl to the orphanage house after the mother turned out to be pregnant.
ملخص اللي حصل عشان الأشكال الوسخه اللي متخيلة ان الكفالة شئ بسيط واللي بيتأثروا بالمسلسلات ولما يشوفوا الواقع يظلموا اطفال بريئه الناس اللي رجعت البنت دي ميقلوش في وجهة نظري اجراما عن اللي ارتكب غلط ونتج عنه طفل وتخلي عنه ورموه في دار أيتام! pic.twitter.com/P8vAKxLbOd— Stayhome🇵🇸احمد (@Nightmareescap) August 19, 2021
Translation: "In short, to all people who think adoption as a simple thing and they are only affected by T.V. series, once they try it for real, they end up abusing innocent children. I think they are no less criminals than the ones who abandon their kids in the first place."
Dahrouj said during the 2 minutes video that the child is near her daughter’s age, 3, clueless about what’s happening in the world as she only knew the parent who raised her.
She continued ‘Imagine how she felt sleeping in the orphanage for the first time.’ The toddler was abused twice, once when she was left for the first time by her biological parents and the second time when she got used to the new family then was abandoned again.
بعد أن منحوها دفء العائلة تركوها لوحشة اليتم..— شبكة رصد (@RassdNewsN) August 23, 2021
قصة طفلة بعمر الـ3 سنوات تشعل مواقع التواصل بعد أن تخلت عنها عائلتها الحاضنة pic.twitter.com/zD3DwFnlqH
Translation: "After giving her the warmth of the family, they left her to an orphanage. The story of a 3-year-old girl ignites social media after her foster family abandoned her."
The founder of the idea of adoption also emphasised the importance of sharing awareness about adoption as it is a term of commitment and there shouldn’t be an option to turn back once you sign the papers.
At the end of the video, Yomna Dahrouj asked her followers to start a campaign "#الاحتضان_مسؤولية_مش_ترند’ which means adoption is a responsibility, not a trend.
Activists have responded to the video and the campaign slamming the family’s heartbreaking decision and denouncing adoption rules in Egypt saying there shouldn't be a change of hearrt if you decide to adopt a child.
فيديو البنت الي أسرة كانت محتضناها ورجعتها الدار بعد 3 سنين عشان الأم حملت أكتر حاجة مؤلمة عدت عليا مؤخرا لدرجة إني مش قادر أتنفس كويس من ساعتها! إزاي قلبهم طاوعهم يكسروا خاطرها ونفسها كدة وهما كل حاجة بالنسبة ليها؟! إزاي قلبهم موجعهمش بعد 3 سنين تربية؟! معقولة مش حتوحشهم؟!— ضياء الدين (@Diaa_Soliman) August 19, 2021
Translation: "The video of the girl, who was adopted by a family and brought back to the orphanage after 3 years because the mother got pregnant, is super painful; I couldn't breath after reading the news. How they felt okay returning her? didn't they got used to her after 3 years? won't they miss her at all?"
بعد مسلسل ليه لأ وكتير اتفاعل مع فكرة الاحتضان وكمية الحالات اللي اتسجلت أن كتير اطفال ربنا كرمهم بأسرة وانا بادعي يارب يكونو ناس محترمة ورحيمة بيهم مش مجرد واخدين الموضوع منظرة وتسلية ومجرد ما يزهقو يرمو الطفل للدار تاني— ســارة (@SaRah_elNahas) August 20, 2021
Translation: "Since the series 'Why Not' and the large number of people who turned to adopt kids, I have been wishing that the families are respectable and not taking the idea of adoption as something for fun or just because it is trending and end up returning the orphan to the orphanage."
According to the latest data, the number of adoption cases have risen in Egypt; as 11,600 families have adopted orphans since the beginning of 2020 especially after the series ‘Why Not’ which highlighted the idea of adoption.
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