The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking and the New Gospel of Adoption by Kathryn Joyce, who appeared, along with Tarikuwa, on last Sunday’s “Melissa Harris Perry” show on MSNBC. Below is Tarikuwa’s satirical look at the “rescue” of children from her home country, to “better lives” in America.
It is a tragedy to travel to this deeply historical country of
Ethiopia. We see the streets, the roads, the shack doors, crowded with
poor Ethiopian mothers, women who have been collecting whatever scraps
they can find to feed their hollow-eyed children. Teenagers, living on
their own on the streets, shoot their own looks of desperation.
Ethiopian men lie on the ground with exhaustion from not having been fed
for days, for instead of eating, they feed whatever tiny amounts of
food they get to their children.
I think it is agreed by all parties overseas that we should come up
with a solution to help Ethiopian children we see on a late night TV
programs: children with flies on their faces, no clothes, no food or
water, begging for families to sponsor or adopt them. It is time that
America comes up with an easy and simple solution to save all these
After all, as an adoptee, I have already been saved, and no longer
feel attached to the Ethiopian ways, since everything in America has
been so much better. So many malls, convenient fast-food restaurants,
smooth roads, and everyone has a car. My intention is to help my fellow
Ethiopians, as I was helped, when perfect strangers sought to save me
from my family.
Ethiopian children are dying on the streets by their mothers’ —
sometimes their father’s — sides. I can no longer stay silent. It is
time for me to address this world crisis by joining American Christians,
who are on the mission to save the world’s orphans. Americans are sick
and tired of hearing about everyone in Ethiopia with HIV/AIDS along with
their other diseases, starving and uneducated. Life is so much better
in America because everyone is living in better conditions — and let’s
not forget that we have democracy.
For example, what will happen to the family of Ethiopian Prime
Minister Meles Zenawi, who ruled Ethiopia for 21 years and died
recently, leaving his wife, his three children, his extended family and
Ethiopia. What is going happen to those children? I must worry, because
by United Nations (UN) standards, a child living with one parent is
defined as an orphan. One of the American adoption agencies surely will
save them from their horrible life with a single mother, and bring them
to America so they can have better opportunities. They will have to
start a new life. They will learn a new language, their names will be
changed to American names, they will have to go to a new school or even
better be home-schooled. They will have everything they ever wanted
including things like: ipod, iphone, Wii, etc. Once you give them all
those things, they will forget about their country, their culture and
their loved ones because they will be living a better life here in
How uncaring are the Ethiopians who had children when they are poor.
How could they offer their children opportunities when they can’t even
feed them? They should have thought twice before deciding to have a big
family. And they say it is their “culture.” Don’t worry because American
superheroes are ready to save Africans, but first they will start with
Therefore, dear friends, we will have the Ethiopian government sign
over all the current and future children of Ethiopia to America.
Americans will give them better opportunity. I, along with many other
grateful Ethiopian adoptees, will be helping with this American
Christian mission. The Ethiopian government, along with American
missionaries and with the assistance of Ethiopian Airlines, will start
delivering children age eighteen and younger to the United States. A
mother or a father who fight to keep their children will be put in jail,
since all this is happening in the best interest of the children. The
Ethiopian government surely will give death sentences to anyone who
tries to stops this Christian practice. The Ethiopian and American
government won’t let the Devil stand in the way of this Christ-like act.
We understand that there will be mommies and daddies that will be
crying as American missionaries take the children from their “homes” and
pluck them from the streets. Once the children have left their
homeland, we will prevent their heathenish childrearing. We will exceed
the rationale of China and have a NO CHILD policy for Ethiopia. How are
we going to make this work? Well, scientists are in the process of
testing a one shot solution. Then, when our Ethiopian mission is
complete, we will move into another ruined African country.
Now every Christian church in America, by order, will have Ethiopian
children in stock, so anyone can drive through, at anytime, and select
as many Ethiopian children as they desire. Please, look for Ethiopian
children in churches near you. No background check required; surely
anyone in America can provide a better life than those poor souls would
have had in Ethiopia. We will of course, waive the typical adoption fee
of $25,000. We black and brown people should be lucky that someone wants
us, especially white people, so we should make this Christian practice
at no cost.
In fact, if you bring Ethiopian children home and realize you didn’t
need that many, or find they are not useful, you can always gift them to
a family member or friend, or even post an ad on Facebook to find them
new parents. By the way, each child will come with a special gift: if
you get a girl, we will give you hair supplies. If you get a boy, we
will send a bottle of lotion with him.
I am a reasonable person. I am for women’s and children’s rights. I
made this proposal out of my concern for those who are STUCK suffering
through hell of living in Ethiopia. As you can see, this is a genuine
crisis. I have no personal interest of gaining anything in return, it’s
simply for the good of the children.
Therefore, I am open to any reasonable suggestions from anyone who
may have better ideas than I do. They must be innocent, simple, and
free. I would love everyone to consider two points before coming up with
your own proposals. First, the way things stand in Ethiopia these days,
the government doesn’t have enough money to take care of its children.
Second, many Americans want to adopt from Ethiopia so they too can feel
like the Savior himself, but they don’t have money for adoption fees.
The American government will fund this Christian movement to take
action immediately. It is our duty as Americans to help the children of
Ethiopia and, in the future, the world. After all, every few minutes
that we don’t help Ethiopia, another Ethiopian child is born. We must
When Tarikuwa Lemma was thirteen, she was adopted (sold) to an American family.
A corrupt adoption agency operating in her homeland of Ethiopia
coerced her widowed father into believing he was sending Tarikuwa and
her younger sisters to America for an educational exchange opportunity —
that they would come home every summer and on school breaks. Instead,
they found themselves caught up in an international adoption scandal.
Her story has been featured in CBS Evening News and ABC News . She is
also being featured in upcoming book The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption.
For feather more reading on Ethiopian adoption you can go on Facebook “Ethiopian International Adoption News”.