Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mum of children adopted abroad in touch with org



Mum of children adopted abroad in touch with org

One of Uon Nhor’s daughters, with whom she lost contact after the girl was adopted and sent to Italy, only to have the organisation managing the arrangement suddenly disappear. Photo supplied
One of Uon Nhor’s daughters, with whom she lost contact after the girl was adopted and sent to Italy, only to have the organisation managing the arrangement suddenly disappear. Photo supplied

Mum of children adopted abroad in touch with org

An impoverished mother who allowed a non-profit to send her children abroad for adoption and a hoped-for better life was reunited on Tuesday with the organisation responsible for her offspring’s departure.

Nine years ago, Kampong Cham resident Uon Nhor, 40, left her four children with the Phnom Penh-based Children and Poor Community Development Organization because her salary from a rubber plantation didn’t allow her to provide for their education. After the organisation sent the children to Italy and England for adoption, Nhor stayed in contact with the organisation’s director for updates about her children’s lives.

But when the orphanage moved from central Phnom Penh to Meanchey district and former director Meas Yuth – who continued to act as liaison after his retirement – lost his phone, Nhor lost her sole link to her children and panicked. After six months with no contact, she eventually sought help from the rights group Licadho, which brought her this week to meet the organisation’s new director.

“[The director] gave me a document explaining where the children are. Three went to Italy and one went to England,” Nhor said. “I have been away from my children for nine years already . . . I want to hear from them and have a conversation with them once a month on the phone”.

Yuth, the former director of the organisation, said the adoption agreement signed by the Ministry of Social Affairs stipulates that the adoptive parents must provide information about the children to the ministry every six months.

MOST VIEWED

  • Municipal hall releases map detailing colour coded Covid risks by commune

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng released an official map detailing the red, yellow and dark yellow zones within the city under the new lockdown orders for Phnom Penh announced on April 26. The designation of red, dark yellow and yellow corresponds to areas with high,

  • Inter-provincial travel ban lifted; Phnom Penh and Takmao not exempted

    The government on April 25 decided to lift the inter-provincial travel ban and the closure of tourist attractions across the country, effectively immediately. The travel ban and closures of all resorts were imposed on April 6 and 17 respectively in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19,

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown extended for another week

    The government late on April 26 announced an extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province for another seven days – or longer if residents do not comply with Covid-19 preventive measures and the community outbreak does not subside – until May 5. According

  • Gov't mulls extension of Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown

    The Inter-ministerial National Commission for the Control and Enforcement of Lockdown held a video conference meeting on April 25 to review a draft document on the extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal province’s Takmao town. The meeting was chaired by Minister of

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a