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Adopted daughter left behind in The Gambia

TT/The Local · 15 Jun 2010, 17:21

Published: 15 Jun 2010 17:21 GMT+02:00

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The girl is a Swedish citizen and is registered in Kronoberg county, Sveriges Radio Kronoberg P4 reported. She was left with relatives in The Gambia after what she thought would be a holiday in the country with her adoptive mother last summer.

According to local authorities in The Gambia, the girl was well, but Adoptionscentrum, Sweden's largest adoption agency, is shocked that the parents will not take care of their adopted child.

In general, the municipality has a responsibility to support and follow up in cases of adoption, according to Inga Näslund at Adoptionscentrum. She assumes that the current municipality is doing what it can to ensure that the parents take responsibility.

"I assume that they made a report before the adoption showing that she was living in difficult circumstances in her home country," Näslund told news agency TT.

"I think it is important that Swedish authorities do what they can to let her return to Sweden. She has begun to establish firm roots here, has been here for several years and gone to school."

Social agencies must get involved and determine where the child will be placed, even if she is left with relatives, according to Näslund.

"You cannot just leave a child anywhere," she said. "I think she has been betrayed twice, both by her parents and Swedish society, since nothing was done to rectify the situation for a whole year."

The girl's municipality has investigated the matter, but has decided not to pursue it further.

"We have completed our investigation and the girl is now with her biological father, who has custody," said the head of social services in the municipality. "According to the consul general of The Gambia, she is well and goes to school."

It has been a complex process to figure out what applies and the municipality had been in contact with a number of authorities when it made its assessment.

These authorities include the department of foreign affairs, the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) and the consulate general of The Gambia.

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The adopted girl is a Swedish citizen, but she lives with her biological father, who still has custody, as well as her adoptive parents in Sweden.

There is a gap in international law and the municipality will highlight this matter to the Association of Local Authorities and Regions (Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting, SKL).

The Office of the Prosecutor in Växjö is currently investigating a case concerning an adopted girl in The Gambia, but did not disclose more details.

"We have asked The Gambia about whether a certain practice is a criminal offense under Gambian law," said prosecutor Johnny Filipsson. "We cannot begin to investigate before we know what we can examine."

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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20:24 June 15, 2010 by concha de tu puta madre
It will be a lot easier to read if you stick to pronunciations' we are familiar with. How about plain ol Gambia?
22:29 June 15, 2010 by tysklampa
Maybe in The Sweden it is a way of showing respect to the other The Countries which are mentioned in an The Article?
22:49 June 15, 2010 by Michael84
We at this point can't just make our minds quickly about what happened , however it's really striking. Gonna wait for in details news on this.
22:52 June 15, 2010 by DeArmanhammer
The Gambia is the official name of the country. The native people refer to it as "The Gambia". I appreciate the fact that the author of the article did enough research to recognize the proper name and pronunciation.
00:09 June 16, 2010 by christy75x
This is a TERRIBLE story and the only comment 3 out of 4 of you can make is whether the article should refer to "The Gambia" or "Gambia"! As much as children all over the world need good loving homes to go to - more needs to be done to protect children when adopted and sent overseas.
04:56 June 16, 2010 by Nachos
I wonder what the girl wants to do? That's never mentioned in the article. Regardless, these "parents" need to be put up against a pole and shot. At the very least they should be charged with child abandonment an sentenced to the MAX under Swedish law.......which is probably just 2 days in jail and a 20 kroner fine but that's beside the point.
07:29 June 16, 2010 by Aureliano Buendia
I am shocked. The parents must be arrested because of the crime against humanity.
09:58 June 16, 2010 by VicTaulic
Was this a problem child? Sometimes the reality doesn't meet the expectation.
10:18 June 16, 2010 by dwb5555
This story seems to be incomplete. Why was she adopted, if she had family? What is wrong with allowing her to live with her real father? The offical make it sound like she was left on the street, which is not true she was left with family.

@Aureliano Buendia Why are you shock? That was very stupid comment. There is no way you know the whole story and to make a comment based on no information is stupid.
10:20 June 16, 2010 by Marko2010S
It is so sad and inhuman to treat children like that, However, I'm not shocked at all from because some people are completely heartless and words like: "Values, Manners, Morals and Ethics" are missing in their dictionaries.

Few months back American family puts their adopted 7 year old boy on a one way flight alone, and sent him back to Russia. What a ruthlessness…

What has shocked me is that I personally met in France some teenagers and others who are in mid 20s who were adopted by European French families and they were manipulated and converted to Christianity. It shatters my heart just imagining adopting poor little girl from Somalia or The Gambia and telling her no toy unless she goes to church or making her say "Oremus. Benedic, Domine, nos et haec tua dona quae de tua largitate sumus sumpturi per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen". This experience was one of the worst things I have ever heard of since I was born.

My religion (Islam) doesn't allow adoption in order to protect that little child from being manipulated. Islam doesn't allow taking a little boy or girl who is from Christian or Jew family and completely brainwashing him or her to become a Muslim. Therefore, proper care centers would be the best option.

At the same time, Islam cares a lot about poor people and orphans. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) promised the heaven for anyone supports orphans(Regardless their religion) financially, socially or even by playing with them in order to bring some joy and happyness by drawing smiles on their faces.

It amazes me how many people in the West are totally ignorant, disadvantaged and unlucky to learn and apply some of the great things and beauty of Islam teaches.
11:03 June 16, 2010 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden

Is it possible to link every story you comment on to islam? I don't think anyone cares about islam in this context (except you).

This is a very sad story regarding real humans with complex issues that are not completely revealed in this article. More information from the girl or her biological parents may make the story more complete.
11:16 June 16, 2010 by Marko2010S

I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

However, My entire life evolves around Islam because I love it. Therefore, It is so natural and comes deep down from the bottom of my heart to connect the greatness of Islam with all aspects in life.
11:33 June 16, 2010 by G Kin

There you go!. Why do you think I want to hear how dearly you love Islam, when the center of focus here is a child already with an abusive background, yet abandoned once again?.

That is unbalanced and only point to extremism!
11:57 June 16, 2010 by Jes
@Marko , you`ve got a lot to learn . Islam has done nothing in Sudan besides creating plenty of orphans by massacring their parents in Darfur and South Sudan . If you want to teach Islam , please take your koran and stand in the middle of Mogadishu . There are a many starving orphans while Mecca collects billions from " believers" who are tricked into travelling to the " holy " place to throw stones and speak in Arabic .

Having said that , I must say that I am not surprised that an adoptive parent in Sweden can dump a child back in Africa . Sweden produces a lot of heartless selfish people who don`t care about the next persons pain .
12:39 June 16, 2010 by Audrian
Why in the world did this Swedish family dumped the child in the Gambia. Did it change its mind! It seems institutions in charge have not done a proper job in identifying those families that do not deserve to adopt from those who can!

The child has already gone though a schock of feeling unwanted. it will take her years to heal if at all she heals. Having seen too many serious crimes against children, e.g., wars, abductions and rape, we have become numb. If Sweden does not give this crime the utmost attention and bring culprit to court, the abusers of children will be embolden.
12:53 June 16, 2010 by Swedesmith
Bringing children into your home, whether by natural birth or adoption, is a no deposit no return proposition. End of story.
13:38 June 16, 2010 by Marko2010S
@G kin

Why should I care about you whether or not you will be reading my post?

Obviously you and @SouthAfrican_in_Sweden are Super-Fatheads and not able to deduce any idea of my text. Let me educate you, basically, any written text (Including the ones which targeting persons who suffer from mental disorder) consist of Abstract, Body and Conclusion (Go and study what's the purpose of each). That structure is pretty clear in my first post.

The first paragraph (Abstract): I expressed my feelings towards what has happened and I've condemned that action.

The following four paragraphs (Body): I mentioned exactly a similar case that occurs and the world never cared to learn from it or even propose a law to protect the poor adopted children. Also, I discussed another ideas about my great religion Islam solves this issue since over 14 centuries while the most developed countries (Sweden & US) struggle and have no idea how to handle such things.

The sixth paragraph (Conclusion): I draw my conclusion by summarizing that human beings should see the beauty and learn from anything around them.

Well, I think I taught you some scientific writings and analysis skills. Hope that helps to uplift your level of intellect!


I tend to agree with you that I've got a lot to learn, BUT I can conclusively say that you've got nothing to learn because you significantly lack the ability to learn anything.

You are vomiting and spouting some despicable lies about Sudan while you are pretending and ignoring the well-known fact that the West (UK, France…etc) after WWI have sliced the Middle East and Africa immorally and in inhuman way.

The West has colonized, killed, tortured, steal and destroy poor peoples' countries. Therefore you have no place to talk about manners or even human souls.

BTW, back in the days during the most painful and darkness part of life (I mean: when I was a Catholic) I was in St. Peter's Square and felt thirsty. So I had to buy water to drink (Not to mention that water's cost was 10 X times more). After I become a Muslim (Of course, Alhamdulillah) I went to Mecca several times (Hajj and Umrah) and I really enjoy the free and cold Zamzam, besides the other countless services. Therefore, you're simply a bad liars who doesn't know how to lie. There's no collects of billions at all, in fact Islam requests Muslims to support poor people that's why we Muslims do Zakat and Sadqah.
14:00 June 16, 2010 by Marc the Texan
The social services women is whinging that you can't just drop a child anywhere. Well they didn't. They dropped her off with her biological father who still also has legal custody. If that's what happened then how can anyone complain about this. kids get switched between parents all the time and that might mean traveling long distances to new schools. A good portion of American kids who grew up in the 80s know this. What's the big deal?
14:16 June 16, 2010 by Kaethar
This was a scam and someone needs to go to jail. Turns out that the adopted parents are not only Gambians living in Sweden, but are related to the girl's biological parents. Clearly they sent her off to live with relatives for a few years so she could get EU citizenship - now she's back in the Gambia living happily with her dad and she'll be allowed to move to the EU to work or live on welfare in the future. Scams like this need to be STOPPED.
14:53 June 16, 2010 by Frobobbles
Marko2010S writes: "Islam doesn't allow taking a little boy or girl who is from Christian or Jew family and completely brainwashing him or her to become a Muslim"

You omit that in many muslim countries there is a death penalty to convert from islam to christianity.
15:59 June 16, 2010 by soultraveler3
Marko2010S shows up in almost every comment section and starts spouting off about Islam even when the stories have nothing to do with it. One of two things is happening here...

1) He's a religous or some other kind of nutcase that needs to be ignored.


2) He's a TROLL that needs to be ignored.

I'm actually leaning more towards #2 atm, but anyways, he (maybe it's a she) and others like it feed off this kind of back and forth commenting. All it does is derail the thread and chase off most with a thoughtful or sane comment. I just skip over anything by this person and move on to the next comment, and I would suggest to those upset by his / her comments to do the same.

Just my 2kr. :)
16:15 June 16, 2010 by Cage
The Gambia is the correct naem description of this country. It sounds odd to say "The" as part of the country name, but it is correct.
16:56 June 16, 2010 by ironman294

Do you live in Sweden? If so, do you have a job or live off of welfare

Atleast you speak english which is more than I can say for all the other immigrants in sweden.

In Islam there are 3 directives

1) COnvert the infidel

2) If Jew or Christian and the leader feels generous they may live as 3rd class citizens as long as they pay tax and know their place

3) If you can't convert the infidel, you kill them.

How do you think Islam was spread? By the SWORD!

Europe and Africa qnd the Middle East used to be Christian until the Muslims killed and converted.

Did you know why there are blond haired blue eyed muslims in the former Yugoslavia? Years ago when they invaded they would capture children and when they were grown-up used as killers on their own mothers and fathers and people.

SO don't go on about manipulation. If the conditions were so great why would kids need to get adopted?
16:57 June 16, 2010 by Jes
@Marco, I kind of knew that your mask would come off .

Come on , muslim , who are trying to kid ? If Islam knew how to have to " solve issues " there would be 8 year old girls that get "legally married" to 45 year old muslim men .

You probably have no clue how daft some of your statements sound. But then, --- you are a muslim who claims to have been a catholic . I know that type . As I see it , you have moved from reciting things in Latin to doing the same in Arabic . Your road is still long , it seems to me .

You need to get somebody who can read what I wrote for you. No where did I suggest that the West is clean .But does is not to say that Islam was also founded on occuptation and violence . Read some books instead of displaying how ignorant you are all day long . Muslim Arabs were the first and last slave traders in Africa .

What is Zakat and Sadqah , some new kinds of exploding vests ?
20:07 June 16, 2010 by here for the summer
"She was left with relatives in The Gambia" this is different from the Russia adoption story. The girl is older and she was left with relatives. In many countries 13 olds can choose which parent they want to live with, It would be good to get more details.


Can't the moderators delete off subject posts like MArko .. it is a waste of time to have posts that are totally off subject ..
21:21 June 16, 2010 by wxman
Nice people, reeeeeaaaal nice!
01:16 June 17, 2010 by dsc

The Sweden is funny sometimes.
10:33 June 17, 2010 by Nachos
>>>However, I'm not shocked at all from because some people are completely heartless and words like: "Values, Manners, Morals and Ethics" are missing in their dictionaries.

Few months back American family puts their adopted 7 year old boy on a one way flight alone, and sent him back to Russia. What a ruthlessness…>>>

Yes. And a few weeks back the Taliban (true Muslims) hung a 7 year old boy by his neck in front of his family. Marko, your religion doesn't allow "brainwashing" young people into Islam but you have admitted on these very boards, that you would kill your daughter if she left Islam.

The only thing that keeps me from writing you off as a troll is that you claim to be a Muslim and it is never surprising when they say ignorant things like yourself.
11:51 June 17, 2010 by dcdidit77
Only culturally tone-deaf AMERICANS would be referring to ''THE SWEDEN'' . The place is officially called ''THE GAMBIA'' and not Gambia. Thanks for the article and please do your research first before commenting. Thanks.
18:50 June 17, 2010 by Abbot

You use the tired old argument about historical events that happened generations ago but Darfur and Somalia are happening NOW. What say you to that?
19:17 June 17, 2010 by dsc
The US. . .

The UK . . .

Gambia thought: Hell, why not? And so now there is . . .

The Gambia. . .
12:54 June 18, 2010 by dcdidit77
there is no '' The U.S'' on any passport and neither is there ''the U.K'' d.sc but there is The Gambia which is named after the river that runs entirely through it. Hence the name. Thats something for you to add to your low intellect before you make such idiotic comments.
16:29 June 18, 2010 by Cage
I think we need a 3rd--party to solve this. I nominate someone who is clearly level-headed, educated and capable of getting the full attention of everyone involved in this discussion.

17:06 June 18, 2010 by tadchem
The country's official name is 'Republic of The Gambia', the anthem is entitled 'For The Gambia Our Homeland'. It is also one of the countries that practices 'female genital cutting' (clitoridectomy) on female minors, with consent of a parent. In the Muslim population, it is the father's will that counts.
23:29 June 18, 2010 by Stuart Parsons
In the United Kingdom we have a saying, 'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas'.
09:04 June 19, 2010 by dcdidit77
Although the female genital mutilation or f.g.m as it is called is practiced , it is only found in rural societies, it has no place among the civilised communities of The Gambia, lets also make that clear. The Gambia is also a very patriachical community hence it is the father's will that counts in most cases, that we cannot deny. Before you state certain derogatory comments on this page about The Gambia, I advise you do your research first. The Metro has done enough damage to my country instead of inflicting it on those 'sick' foster parents.
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