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October 06, 2011

Abandoned in Guatemala - MUST Watch Video

Here is a must watch new 20 minute video from Reason.TV. I applaud them for making it because it is a story that needs to be told. While I am the first to admit it doesn't portray the problems that existed in a thorough manner, that was not its intent and there are currently numerous sources of info on that. But what has not been getting any coverage is the reality of what the shutdown means. Lastly, it did cover the most important thing that should have been done - rigorous enforcement of the laws that existed. Maybe if some prosecutions had happened a few years earlier, this video would never have needed to be made. You can watch below or find it directly here: http://youtu.be/vWrdz-Aqw-U

Posted by Kevin at October 6, 2011 05:42 PM
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At last! It took 4 years, but at last! Who's going to listen is another question. Good luck to the Guatemala 900, I'm still thinking of you.

Posted by: EL at October 8, 2011 07:23 AM

Kevin,

Thank you for posting this.

Posted by: cheryl at October 10, 2011 06:44 PM

Wow, I'm speechless. Never once was it stated that the Hague Convention was developed to prevent child sales and abduction. Never once mentioned that Loyda still waits (with court order) for her abducted child to be returned...or the other women who have gone on hunger protest for their children. How about Ana Escobar and how she found her abducted daughter--just before the child was to leave the country as an adoptee. Wow. I am speechless and reminded of not only the different view points but the agenda. This does not help. When are people going to understand that this kind of stuff just agitates the Guatemalans? Truly--and I say that after YEARS of involvement in Guatemala. When people wonder 'why' Guatemala never really opens again--just remember that embarassment makes the greatest of enemies.

Posted by: karenms1 at October 12, 2011 07:32 AM

Thanks for posting. The children need a voice. Powerful video.

Posted by: Mich Martucci at October 13, 2011 12:57 AM

Thank you for posting this compelling video. Now, where do we go from here? I cried when I watched--tears for the orphans in Guatemala, & tears for myself. Time is ticking away...I wanted so badly to adopt but was unable to get the ball rolling before the program closed. It is absolutely gut-wrenching to see that there are children in need & I would love to share my home & heart with one (or more) of them. Is there hope for the future??

Posted by: LC at October 13, 2011 05:36 PM

Love it! The kids are the victims and those honest orphanages.....like the one i'm from, AGAND, which was force to close due to the suspension. They had been around for 30+ yrs. And us that want to pay forward and adopt from guatemala before we're to old

Posted by: Megan at October 15, 2011 11:52 PM

The little boy,Derek, looks so much like my son John who was adopted from Guat. He was adopted in 2005. Is there any possible way to contact the parents to see if they indeed had the same birth mother? Hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.

Posted by: Pamela McDonald at October 20, 2011 12:55 PM

I also want to add, that it is heart breaking to see these children trapped in these horrible situations. I hope and pray for a resolution as quickly as possible that will enable as many children to become parts of loving families and done in an ethical and legal way.

Posted by: cheryl at October 26, 2011 12:20 PM

I was so disappointed in Tecu's statements. He who is NOT directly working with these children essentially saying that he is proud that Guatemala doesn't "Look bad" as an exporter of children. Many bad laws are the result of worrying about one's reputation instead of what is right. Unfortunately, many people take the easy path, not the compassionate path to fixing a problem. In this case, it is horrible for the country and children to bear a non-funded, overly restrictive system that keeps the children imprisoned. Culture? Appreciation for Culture is a pride in one's self without worry of basic necessities such as a home and family.

As for past atrocities...it would have been so much better if the government put their effort into upholding the law. Punish the criminals, not the children!

Kudos to the orphanages who have continued to provide love and care for these children and have sacrificed SO much in very difficult circumstances (before and after the law!).

Posted by: Kelly at November 4, 2011 01:17 PM

Thanks for posting. the worst is happening for these kids. What a tragedy to deny them a loving family and offer them an institution instead
and the precious baby that was thrown in the trash where is Unicef to help now that they helped make this mess
whre is all the publicity now like CNN and the like. kids are now dying, starving, being trafficked and are victims where is the moral outrage.

Posted by: Chris at November 8, 2011 11:53 PM

I continue to pray for those still stuck and hanging on! May this journey be completed for each of you soon!!!
Stephanie
Mother to 2 Guatemalan Princes

Posted by: Stephanie in NC at November 12, 2011 12:31 PM

Fantastic video. Thanks, Kevin.

Posted by: Amy at December 9, 2011 01:22 PM

I got my son out of Guatemala in 2006 and I remeber like it was yesterday coming to this site for support. It is beyond sad how these children are lving. I have been to the country many times and it's beyond sad to see what you see. Not only children but many adults on the city streets homeless with children begging for a dollar. In any system there is crime. Look at the BIG picture and see how many children have a better life. I thank you Kevin as always for keeping people informed. You are a saint of sorts in my mind and God watches and blesses you over and over for all your good deeds. God bless

Posted by: Stephanie at December 26, 2011 06:09 AM
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