Today, October 30, is Adoptee Remembrance Day.
Why an Adoptee Remembrance Day?
- To publicly mourn and honor adoptees who have died;
- To raise awareness of crimes against adoptees by adoptive parents;
- To raise awareness around adoptee suicide; and
- To recognize that some international adoptees, through no fault of their own, do not have US citizenship, and that some have been deported.
From the Adoptee Remembrance Day Facebook page: “We are opening October 30th to be our day of truth, transparency, and remembrance for adoptees all over the world.”
There is a Virtual Candlelight Vigil today via Facebook at 5pm eastern.
Lions Roaring Far From Home: An Anthology by Ethiopian Adoptees is dedicated to Ethiopian adoptees like Hanna Williams who died at the hands of their adoptive parents, as well as to Ethiopian adoptees who died by suicide: they include Amanuel Kildea, Ashkenafi Jitka Lom, Fisseha Samuel, Gabe Proctor, Kaleab Schmidt, Tadesse Söhl, Mekbul Timmer, Seid Visin, and all those who have left us too soon. The book also has an essay by Mike Davis, a deported Ethiopian adoptee,
May they rest in power and in peace. May their memories be eternal; may their memories be a blessing. May their friends and families find peace and healing as well.