You set off a debate on the ideas surrounding international adoption, a phenomenon
of society in the West for hundreds of thousands of couples and unmarrieds wishing
to have a child that they can't find in their own countries, and the nations which
let go their babies are more and more numerous.
Cambodia is fashionable.
The air of slander whispered by (Daniel) Susott on half a page of the Phnom Penh
Post - after his previous remarks on the "size of public servants from the Ministry
of Social Affairs of the State of Cambodia," the fat wealthy and the skinny
poor (?) - could make us laugh if it didn't risk making unaware readers believe that
Mr Long Visalo and myself wish (for) the death of Khmer orphans, whereas he, Daniel
Susott sees them surfing in a Hawaiian paradise.
According to him, prostitution and gangsterism would be their future in Cambodia
(as in Korea). Ridiculous and slanderous.
Thousands of children our association has been sponsoring for eight years have the
choice among different (kinds of) professional and university training.
Do we help Cambodia to rebuild itself this way or by exporting its children?
For those who are sick, solutions that respect Cambodia also exist: For example,
through a chain of hope, professor Alain Deloche has operated on hundreds of Khmer
children in France, who returned back home two months later.
Dozens of children have benefitted from the Nutrition Center.
Susott's selective memory does not let him write that it was after the departure
of a group of children organized by his foundation that Prime Minister Hun Sen banned
international adoptions - local adoptions (were allowed) vigourously to remain.
This wise decision allows Cambodia to avoid the experiment taking place in a large
neighboring country where the adoption business is growing.
Let's wait with serenity the law on international adoption drafted by the Royal Government
and discussed by the Assembly.
The goal of NGOs should never be to take part in the dreadful phenomena of racism,
of uprooting, of unemployment and other problems which hit with a full whip America
- Charles Fejtö, Director, Ecole Chey Chum Neas, Phnom Penh.