I am posting this as my first guest piece written by Leo Sampson, a volunteer worker for charities who contributes to many websites from his home in Manchester, England. I found it very thought-provoking in light of the ongoing conflicts throughout the Middle East, Africa and other regions.
It’s no secret that some countries today are at war, whether civilly or internationally. No matter what the reason is for a country embroiled in war, the losers will always be the children. When soldiers die, their offspring are left behind with no choice but to face the real world without the guidance of their birth parents.I am posting this a
When we see images of abandoned and crying children in a country torn apart by war, good parents often feel the responsibility to reach out to them and, possibly, adopt them. And while the intention is pure and good, adopting children who were ripped from their parents by war may not be the best course of action. In addition, it is unattainable due to political, religious, and cultural barriers.
In the aftermath of a war, it is extremely difficult to make sure that a child is indeed an orphan. Families may have become separated in the disaster and it may take months, or even years, to reconnect families with each other. It is globally viewed as unethical to adopt children immediately without solid proof that a child is indeed orphaned. In addition, resources after a war will be limited, and adoption may not be a priority that a government is focused on. Without updated passport and necessary papers, a person will not be able to take a child out of a country legally.
Even if a country’s government manages to put some time and effort into adoption, it may be best to leave children in the care of local charities that work hard to give war orphans shelter, home, and a new family within the country. In many parts of the Middle East, adoption is not recognized and it will be difficult for both the child and adopting parent to win a case for adoption.
Right now, the best option for people who are willing to help war orphans is sponsorship programs, which is widely practiced by charities all over the world. By donating an amount that costs less than a cup of latte every day, people can make the life of a war orphan a little bit better.
Children deserve to live a full life, and adults must do everything they can to ensure that everyone grows up healthy and well educated. Since adoption has a lot of barriers that prevent a child from connecting with a new family, perhaps sponsorship programs may be the best course of action right now.