Following accusations made by some parents yesterday against Help A Needy Child International (HANCI) alleging the trafficking of over 200 of their children abroad, the Operations Director of HANCI, Kelfa Kargbo has reacted that his organization has no business in trafficking.
In an interview with Awoko at HANCI’s Pademba Road Office, the Operations Director explained that this is not the first time that parents are accusing them of trafficking children abroad.
He disclosed that he joined the organization in 1998 and that what use to transpire was that the issue of adoption went through the courts. Problems and accusations became evident as recommendations from the courts were not adhered to. Amongst the recommendations are that HANCI should establish a way how the family should be in contact with the adopted families abroad; but this has not been the case. Hence the Director has written series of letters to the former Attorney General and also the current one, drawing their attention to the recommendations of the court.
When questioned as to who should have acted on the recommendation, he explained that it was supposed to have been done by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs as they are the contact point.
He revealed that HANCI started the adoption program for some few months before letting hands off it. “Three break away staff members from HANCI continued with the adoption program, forming their own NGO called CHERITH”, he said.
Concerning arrangements, Kelfa Kargbo revealed that he was informed that the adoptive parents had plans to come and work with the biological families. “Two of them came last year and this was what sparked the whole confusion among parents; as when they came, they asked to meet with the biological families. The then Director for the break away group then made an announcement on air that the adoptive families were in town and would want to speak with the biological parents; but access was not given to speak to the parents”, kelfa said.
Luckily for the families, the Operations Director went on; the parents met HANCI Director, Roland Kargbo and spoke to him about how they were not able to meet with the adoptive parents. There and then Dr. Kargbo urged them to make sure the adoptive parents realize they were the biological parents.
He stressed that HANCI has no business in the child trafficking issue and that since they closed their adoption desk in 1997, all the children who were with them are in the Country; and those who were taken to Guinea were not taken by HANCI but by CHERITH. “We started the adoption process but it was CHERITH that completed the process” he said.
What he said was the mistake done by HANCI was that when they were closing down their center, no documents were sent to the parents informing them to collect their children. By Ishmael Bayoh