It appears to be a storybook ending for 72 adopted children after the Democratic Republic of the Congo finally granted them permission to live with their adoptive families in Europe and North America after the children were forced to wait two years for clearance to leave the country.
After the Congolese government suspended the issuance of exit permits to internationally adopted children in September 2013, effectively freezing international adoptions in the country, approximately 1,000 adoptive families became trapped within Congo's adoption system and have been anxiously waiting to finally take their adopted children home to live as happy families.
Last Monday, the Congolese government announced that it approved 72 adopted children for exit letters. The announcement marks the first action the government has taken since September 2013 to help alleviate the stress for some of these adoptive families. more >>
Less than 650 miles from the U.S., our neighbor, Haiti, hosts one of the worst infant mortality rates in the world and suffers maternal mortality rates 50 times higher than our nation.
While the death of any person is devastating, losing a mother often foists an average of six children onto a community already living on the knife-edge of survival. It was these desperate conditions that inspired us to focus on child and maternal health when we answered God's call to sell our home and medical practice in the U.S. and move to Haiti to serve full-time.
Last year, I met Gina, a Haitian mother of six who daily struggled to find enough food for her other children, and now this growing baby inside her was insatiably sapping her remaining strength. more >>
There once was a little boy who thought he would never have a younger sibling. Then one day, his dream of becoming a big brother became a reality.
Jake's mother delivers the good news that he will become a big brother.
Like any tough guy, Jake, 6, begins to break down and cry, his tears a visible indicator of great joy. more >>
An Iraqi law that forces children of Christian converts to be legally recognized as Muslims will lead to Christianity's extinction, says Bishop Rabban al-Qas.
Al-Qas, the senior Catholic Bishop in the Dohuk area of Iraqi Kurdistan, has spoken out against the Iraqi parliament's rejection of an amendment to a law that forces children who have one parent who converted from Islam to be automatically considered a Muslim upon birth.
The Bishop asserts that the law discriminates against Christians and other religious minorities and doesn't give the child the ability to eventually choose his or her own faith. The changing of one's religious affiliation can be a difficult task considering accusations of apostasy, a serious offense under Islamic law, are generally hurled around when someone converts. more >>
Three hostages who were freed last month by Kurdish and U.S. commandos during a rescue mission on an Islamic State compound in northern Iraq have provided detailed insight about their torturous experiences sitting on Islamic State's death row.
Acting on intelligence that the terrorist group was going to execute dozens of Iraqi prisoners, Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. special operations forces, freed nearly 70 IS-held captives during a late-October raid on an IS prison near the Iraqi town of Hawija that cost Delta Force Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler his life.
Wheeler, who is the first U.S. soldier publically known to be killed in the fight against IS, did not die in vain, as the mission spared the lives of dozens of Iraqis, including many Iraqi security forces who were to be slaughtered in the days following. more >>
They grow up so fast, don't they? That is especially true for one baby elephant struggling to bathe in a water-filled container.
A resident of the Elephant Nature Park, 1-year-old Navann recently attempted to bathe himself in a container.
Although he gets to the point of standing inside the plastic basin, immersing himself becomes quite a struggle. more >>