Mercy Mercy

Forced by poverty, an Ethiopian family chooses to give up their children for international adoption

International adoption seems like the perfect solution to a heart-breaking imbalance: Poor countries have babies in need of homes, and rich countries have homes in need of babies. Unfortunately, a lot of the adopted orphans are not orphans at all.

Forced by poverty, an Ethiopian family chooses to give up their children for international adoption. We follow the adoption process on both sides of the globe, from the biological parents’ last days with their children, through the adoption procedure and the first three years of the adoptive parents’ new life with the children in the West. As the Ethiopian parents gradually get their life back on track, they start to realize that the expectations they had for an extended family in the West were false. Meanwhile, the family in the West begin to understand that they have become parents to children suffering from enormous losses, resulting in terrible consequences for one of the children – and soon their dream of a happy family is merely a faded memory.

Mercy Mercy is a character-driven global tale about the catastrophic consequences of a choice made with the best intention and out of love for two children.



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