CHRISTIAN SAVIORS & THE ADOPTIONS INDUSTRY IN CONGO EXPLOITING AFRICA’S MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE: CHILDREN
First Published: 18 June 2013
Jennifer Fierberg & Keith Harmon Snow
An investigation in the adoptions industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo reveals that the U.S. Embassy is facilitating the trafficking of Congolese children. Interpreting the bible to prophesize the adoption of children as a soul-saving imperative, affluent U.S. Christians have spawned a new and massive movement using their privileges and entitlements to take children from the Congo, Ethiopia and other underdeveloped nations. Meanwhile, the exploitation of children through ‘adoptions’ is but one prong in the hydra of Western military-industrial depopulation and plunder of Central Africa.
Across from the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, La Procure Saint Anne has become a sort of mid-station rendezvous point for child trafficking. It is the perfect respite for prospective parents who have flown to the Congo to collect the child (or children, plural) that these parents have been paying for, that they have been pining for, that they have been praying for, and that one or another international adoption agency has allocated for them. By the time that most of these Americans arrive at La Procure Saint Anne, seeking to pick up ‘their’ new child, they have already paid out thousands of dollars in adoption agency services and, as some adoptive parents have confirmed, someone in the chain of child procurement and delivery has almost certainly paid out a string of bribes.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government has at least one official who is also independently supporting American parents in snatching Congolese children. While described elsewhere as a ‘former U.S. Embassy official’, as of June 9, 2013, Africa Adoption Services agent Danielle Anderson is listed as a ‘Consular Assistant’ at the Embassy in Kinshasa.
Africa Adoption Services, One World Adoption Services and Wasatch International are three international adoption agencies that surfaced in connection to La Procure Saint Anne. DRC Adoption Services described themselves as a “consulting service that does not have referrals or make referrals’, but they seemed to be deeply involved in all aspects of Congolese adoptions, and their successes have led to their expansion into other African countries under the new name Africa Adoption Services.
How much of the typical $US 25,000 to $US 46,000 in ‘fees’ that adoptive parents dole out to obtain a child from Congo are allocated for greasing the skids of the process? Perhaps the Congolese lawyers in Kinshasa or Goma have paid these bribes: no Congolese lawyer in Congo would communicate with us about their involvement in ‘adoptions,’ and none would respond to enquiries from our Congolese contacts.
These are lawyers like Simon Nzita Kumbu, who is connected to some of the international adoption agencies addressed herein. “I am a lawyer advising American international adoption agencies,” reads Simon Nzita Kumbu’s Facebook profile, “and also the President of the Private Center of Orphanages for the Accommodation of orphans and abandoned children for international adoption.”
Perhaps the in-country (Congolese) manager or caseworkers working for the international agencies facilitate these bribes. However, no in-country personnel would speak with us about their role in the adoptions industry from the Congo. These are caseworkers like ‘Bodine’, also employed at La Procure in Kinshasa, and an associate of Congolese lawyer Simon Nzita Kumbu.
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